Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2012
QUILCEDA CREEK Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 2012: The 2012 vintage of this iconic Washington wine is a standout, with a complex aroma of dark fruit, cedar, and tobacco. On the palate, it is full-bodied and luscious, with ripe tannins and a persistent finish. A true representation of the high quality and finesse that can be achieved in the region.
All Cabernet from Champoux, Klipsun, Palengat and Wallula vineyards, this wine offers aromas of blackberry, incense, blueberry, pencil lead and barrel spices. On the palate, it's tightly wound with black fruit flavors and a firm backbone of tannins. The oak is primary right now. It needs extended time in the cellar to show itself fully, and will be best from 2022–2030.
Robert Parker (Wine Advocate) -
Dark, robust and juicy in the glass, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is still firm with generous oak essence on the nose with elements of Chambord, plum reduction and blackberry jus. Full-bodied, the palate offers a juicy, fruit-forward expression with an intense weight and volume for Cabernet, which evolves to show elevated alcohol across the mid-palate. The wine continues to offer a hedonistic and pleasurable expression and shows the first signs of the wine going from young, vibrant and juicy to matured, tertiary and elegant. I would drink this over the next few months or keep it in the cellar for another four years before opening. - Reviewed by Anthony Mueller