2017 QUILCEDA CREEK CVR COLUMBIA VALLEY PROPRIETARY RED

$61.99

Quilceda Creek isn’t just the foremost producer in Washington State, but they’re one of the top producers of Bordeaux varietals anywhere in the world. Over 16 consecutive vintages, their average rating from Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate on their Cabernet is greater than 98 points. They’ve appeared on the Wine Spectator Top 100 list many, many times. At around 1/3 the price of their Cabernet, their CVR blend offers many of the same qualities that Quilceda Creek is known for, including riveting aromatics, superior depth, and stunning complexity.

Modeling elegance and brilliant complexity, the 2017 CVR checks in at 96% Cabernet Sauvignon and arose from iconic sites, including the Champoux vineyard. The balance of the blend includes a dash of Merlot and Cabernet Franc.

CVR spends around 20 months in French oak and is made in a richly-layered style loaded with earthly hedonism. The 2017 vintage has already received a monstrous 95 Point score from Jeb Dunnuck, who alerted his readers that it’s a “stunning value in world-class Cabernet Sauvignon.”

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2017 QUILCEDA CREEK CVR COLUMBIA VALLEY PROPRIETARY RED | 95 POINTS — JEB DUNNUCK:

Tasting Notes from Jeb Dunnuck,The 2017 Columbia Valley CVR is smoking stuff. Based on 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot, and 1% Cabernet Franc sourced from the Champoux, Galitzine, Palengat, and Wallula Vineyards, it has loads of cassis, toasted spice, graphite, and dried tobacco notes as well as full-bodied richness, a broad, expansive mouthfeel, and sweet tannins. It’s not far off the top releases here, and it remains a stunning value in world-class Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink it any time over the coming 15 years or more.JEBB DUNNUCK 95 POINTS