Cabs Par Excellence from Washington
Quilceda Creek's Alex Golitzin was born in France, and his late uncle was André Tchelistcheff of California's Beaulieu Vineyard, one of America's most influential winemakers. With his uncle's help, Golitzin began to make Cabernet Sauvignon from vines in Washington State. Since the late 1980s, together with his son, Paul, he has been producing some of the world's most glorious Cabs.
2004 Cabernet Sauvignon "Galitzine Vineyard". This is a first release of the wine, made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged for 22 months in 100% new French oak. Opaque purple-colored, it has a superb bouquet that leaps from the glass. On the palate it is sweet and rich, even if it does not have the weight and depth of the winery's top-rated offerings. Not yet released.
2001 Cabernet Sauvignon. This spectacular wine explodes from the glass with loads of flowers, cassis, black cherries, blackberries, and underlying fresh herbs. It is wonderfully full-bodied, with broad and deep flavors, and feels like liquid satin on the palate. This blockbuster has it all. Projected maturity: 2007-2018. $175-$299
2004 Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged for 22 months in 100% new French oak. This dark purple, lustrous, layered, velvet-textured wine delivers a remarkable array of aromas and gobs of spicy, ripe black fruits and beautifully integrated oak, tannin, and acidity. It will evolve for a decade and drink well through 2045. $100
2002 Cabernet Sauvignon. Quilceda Creeks Cabernet Sauvignon is the winery's raison d'être. A rich, exquisitely balanced, sweet, and broad wine, it is harmonious, graceful, and impressively long. Projected maturity: now through 2022. $310-$448
2003 Cabernet Sauvignon. Darker and significantly more powerful than the 2002, the immensely muscular yet elegant 2003 displays mouth-watering aromatics and has a velvety texture. It covers the palate with fruit, displaying depth, balance, and length. Projected maturity: 2010-2024. $295
Wines rated from 96-100 are extraordinary; 90-95, excellent; 80-89, above average to very good.