Monday, December 13, 2010

Quilceda Creek Spring Release - 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon

Well, just as the end of the year approaches, you figure you can give the credit card a rest, and spend money on gifts for the holidays, and maybe even replenish a bit of the savings from the past year of wine buying. Then you get an e-mail like the one I received below, letting you know that January brings a new mailer season, and more wines.

This e-mail was about the 2008 Quilceda Creek cabernet sauvignon. This is always a great wine, and has garnered 100 point scores from the critics in 4 of the last 6 vintages. For us, we love this wine with 10 plus years on it, and it will age for a good 25 years. I try to buy a few of these every year, and this year will be no different. If any of the locals are looking for a few bottles, just say the word, as I only plan on taking a few.

This wine lists for $130, and magnums will be released at $286 this year. Below is the e-mail I received from them, so check it out, and be ready to place your order!

"From: <>
Date: Sat, 11 Dec 2010 07:58:55 -0800
Subject: Quilceda Creek Spring Release

Dear F. Scott Fitz,

Very shortly you will be receiving our announcement letter for the private release of the 2008 Quilceda Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley. In that letter, you will be informed of your ordering date, pricing and
shipping/pick up options. Please note that when you place your order, your Visa or Master Card will be charged at that time. 

Your login information is:
Thank you for your continued support of our wines. If you have any questions about the ordering process, you may contact us by email at or by telephone during regular business hours.
Our phone number is 1(800)877-4270.

Our warmest regards,
The Golitzin Family "

From their website:

2008 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Vintage Notes:
Winemakers: Paul Golitzin, Marv Crum, Alex Golitzin
Varietals: 98% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Merlot
Vineyards: Champoux, Klipsun, Tapteil
Barrels: 100% New French Oak
Time in Barrel: 22 months
Bottled: August 2010

Winemaker's comments

We will be releasing the 2008 vintage of Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley to private members in January, 2011. This follows exciting news that the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon was recognized as Quilceda Creek's fourth 100-point rated wine from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #190, August 2010) in the last six years. This validates the consistent, world-class quality that can be achieved from Washington State's finest vineyards. "The entire portfolio is a tour de force," the publication wrote last summer, "Quilceda Creek remains Washington's benchmark for world-class Cabernet Sauvignon."

The 2008 season began with a cool spring with bud-break delayed by about 10-14 days. The month of May presented a small heat spike followed by little precipitation. Similarly, the bloom was delayed 1-2 weeks. Entering into September, the temperatures were warm, sunny and dry allowing for even ripening of the fruit. After strict grading and selection, we were able to produce an extraordinary Cabernet Sauvignon.

The 2008 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley (98% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Merlot) is a very opulent wine. With remarkable purity and focus, this wine reveals powerful blackberry, blueberry, plum and black currant fruit with nuances of chocolate, Asian spice and floral elements such as lavender and rose petal. With amazing texture, all of its components intertwine in perfect harmony. Approachable now this wine will age for 25+ years.

Also, for those on the mailing list, don't forget about this policy: Private Mailing List Policy: Any active member who is unable to purchase for a two consecutive year period (four offerings) will be removed from
the private list. Cheers! -F. Scott

PS: January usually brings mailers from Rivers-Marie, and Kistler as well! So budget wisely! Maybe I need to bring this to a new post! =)

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