One of America’s most consistent and highly rated, “Grand Cru” producers of Cabernet Sauvignon, and very much the equal to Napa Valley’s finest! This bottling commemorates Quilceda Creek’s 40th Anniversary. Rated 98 points by Wine Advocate.
I did not know that founder Alex Golitzin’s maternal Uncle was André Tchelistcheff, the legendary winemaker and renown super palate at Beaulieu Vineyards in Napa Valley. Can you say DNA!!
“The capsule of the 2018 celebrates the 40th vintage, otherwise unnoted specifically to keep the consistency of the label. The nose is soft and delineated with lifted dark red and black fruit essences that waft with a delicate floral lift. Showing a softer and compact frame that delivers fine and focused aromas, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon packs complex layers in the nose, with a fresh bouquet of red and purple flowers, violets, lilac and sakura before overflowing with a fruit bowl of aromatics, including black raspberry, black cherry and juicy plum with blackberry nuances, all shining through with a thoughtful frame of French oak tones. Medium to full-bodied at 14.8% alcohol, the palate bursts with precision and finesse and there’s an elegant frame that offers lively acidity and succulent, fine-grained tannins. The 40th vintage marks a brilliant success for Quilceda Creek, attaining a lighter chassis that captures the same magic without being overly generous. The 2018’s tighter frame has allowed the wine to express layers of beautiful dark red fruit flavors and supple oak spices that make the wine slightly spicy with cinnamon essence while offering the same precision without any sacrifices to the overall experience. Ultimately, the wine glides to a remarkably long and textured finish that will last for a couple of decades. Bravo! This is another successful vintage for Quilceda Creek. Run, don’t walk to get this into your cellar! Drink 2021 – 2042″ – 98 points, Wine Advocate (Anthony Mueller) – April 8, 2021