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Professional Ratings: 95 Wine Enthusiast, 94 The Wine Advocate, 93 International Wine Cellar
Region: Yakima Valley, Washington
Varietal: Bordeaux Red Blends
Other Info: Collectible Wines, Boutique Wines
Style: Big & Bold
Alcohol By Volume: 15.2%
Item no. 121600
The Quilceda Creek 2009 Palengat Proprietary Red Wine displays the wonderful aromatic perfume of the Horse Heaven Hills A.V.A. Planted in 1997-2002 on deep, consistent, Sagehill series soil. The wine showcases floral violet, pain grille and blackberry blossoms hovering above a deep, rich, decadent core of black current, blackberry, fig and plum fruit infused with Asian spices.
Blend: 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot
Quilceda's single-vineyard Bordeaux-style blend is 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc and 6% Merlot. This has fine grained tannins—not soft, but polished, ripe, and rich. Tasted prior to its official release, the wine was still pulling together all of the complex barrel-influenced flavors; it tasted delicious, with notes of bourbon-soaked cherries, along with veins of espresso, cacao, dusty baking spice, and a liquorous finish.
From a site adjacent to Champoux and Phinny Hill Vineyards, the Quilceda Creek 2009 Palengat Vineyard incorporates 8% Cabernet Franc and 6% Merlot with its Cabernet Sauvignon. (The inaugural 2006 vintage was labeled “Cabernet Sauvignon.”) Bittersweet herbs and roasted nuttiness – suggesting walnut, hickory, and pecan – along with piquancy of fruit pit offer counterpoint to dominate themes of confitured cassis and mulberry, cocoa powder, and honey in a wine that’s liqueur-like and torrefied, yet preserves the same uncanny sense of primary juiciness displayed by other wines in the present distinguished collection. As it takes on air, a greater sense of complexity and animation emerges vis-a-vis the corresponding generic bottling. This wine’s prodigious strength is in its sheer richness, depth, and reach, but it also incorporates a saliva-liberating salinity equally essential in guaranteeing that something this sweetly ripe and full-bodied doesn’t tire the taster, but instead compels repeated sips.
Good full ruby. Aromas of blackcurrant and licorice. Rich, deep and concentrated, with an almost Kahlua-like liqueur quality to its dense, exotic flavors of cassis, dark chocolate, mocha and orange peel. Very rich blend with an impressively long finish featuring fine tannins and hints of licorice pastille, dark berries, sexy Taransaud spices and black walnut. From vines planted at 3 x 6 feet, according to Paul Golitzin, 'about as dense as it gets in this state.'