Quilceda Creek has announced their fall releases. This includes three wines from the 2007 vintage – a Galitzine Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, a Palengat Vineyard Proprietary Red Wine, and a Columbia Valley Red Wine.
Quilceda Creek made its first Galitzine Vineyard-designated Cabernet in 2004. The vineyard is located on Red Mountain and is managed in partnership with Jim Holmes, owner of nearby Ciel du Cheval Vineyard. The 2007 Galitzine Cabernet Sauvignon will be 99% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Petit Verdot.
The first release from Palengat Vineyard, the 2006 vintage, was last fall. This vineyard is located in the Horse Heaven Hills near famed Champoux Vineyard. In a shift, for the 2007 vintage the Palengat Vineyard wine will be designated ‘Palengat Proprietary Red Wine’ instead of a Cabernet Sauvignon. The winery decided to do so to make “the best wine we can from this site,” blending 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot, and 5% Petit Verdot (seventy-five percent is required for varietal designation).
The third wine, the Columbia Valley Red Wine, is made each year from declassified barrels. The 2007 vintage wine is 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, and 6% Cabernet Franc. While Quilceda Creek’s Red Wine consistently provides outrageous value, the 2007 vintage of this wine is a standout. I struggle to think of a Bordeaux-style blend from Washington or elsewhere that can compete with this wine at a $35 price point (see a review of the wine here).
As with last year, Quilceda Creek has maintained the prices for each of these wines for the 2007 vintage: $98 for the Galitzine Cabernet Sauvignon; $83 for the Palengat Proprietary Red Wine; and $35 for the Columbia Valley Red Wine. The wines will be offered to the winery’s mailing list members starting in August with the wines shipped in the fall.