The flagship is the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, 100% Cabernet Sauvignon mostly from Champoux with the balance from Palengat and Wallula vineyards. Crème de cassis, graphite, black licorice, unsmoked tobacco, and hints of chocolate and emerge from this beauty and it continues to gain depth and nuance with time in the glass. Full-bodied, deep, and layered with an incredible purity and elegance on the palate, it’s already accessible but has more than enough tannin, depth, and balance to evolve for two decades or more.
The 2015 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley is truly a magnificent wine with great purity, class and breed. 100% Cabernet from Champoux, Lake Wallula, Palengat and Wallula Gap vineyards, this wine was aged for 20 months in new French oak. The wealth of blueberry, blackberry and black cherry fruit is remarkable, with hints of spring flowers, coca powder, roasted herbs, forest floor and minerals. This wine will have a large drinking window due to the seamless integration of all its elements. Drink now through 2037.
The 2015 growing season was the warmest ever recorded in Washington State but we achieved sufficient shoot growth early enough in the season to provide fruit shading during the hottest June days. We also installed overhead misters in all of our vineyard sites to cool the fruit, if needed, to produce the finest grapes we can grow, regardless of extreme weather. Almost all of our Cabernet Sauvignon achieved its final ripening under perfect, mid-70 degree Fahrenheit temperatures in October. The results were very small and concentrated berries full of flavor and freshness. Quilceda Creek is dedicated to the production of world-class Washington State Cabernet Sauvignon. Founded in 1979, Quilceda Creek has had an unbroken string of highly-rated vintages that has led Robert Parker Jr. to name it Washington State’s premier Cabernet Sauvignon producer.