Category Archives: Bordeaux Style Red

Secret Squirrel 2013 Bordeaux Red

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Secret Squirrel 2013 Bordeaux Red, Columbia Valley, Washington

Fellow wine lovers, Washington State is certainly among the best in the world at putting together scrumptious Bordeaux style blends. Today it’s a Bordeaux blend by Secret Squirrel, dominated by Cabernet and Merlot. They had a 2012 Bordeaux blend last year, but I didn’t feel the quality was on par with their other wines, however their recently release 2013 Bordeaux definitely makes the cut. If you’ve enjoyed their Cabernet and their GSM from our previous offers on Impulse, you’ll surely enjoy this one

Secret Squirrel 2013 Bordeaux Red $24.99

The Secret Squirrel 2013 Bordeaux red is a crowd pleaser. It’s comprised of the classic Bordeaux grapes Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, and Malbec, all sourced from the Corliss Estate vineyards, aged for 22 months in 35% new French oak. It’s medium-full in body, and smooth with lovely dark color. There are notes of blueberries, blackberry, black currants, and stewed black plumbs, followed by hints of vanilla, toast, and sage. The finish is clean, medium long, and shows hint of crushed rocks.

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Region: Columbia Valley AVA, Washington State Wine

Vineyard(s): Corliss Estate Vineyards

Grape(s): Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec

Aging: 22 Months in 35% New French Oak

Drinkability: Now through 2020

Body: Medium-Full

Alcohol: 14.5% by volume

Drink This if you Like: Avennia, Manu Propria, Numbskull

Cheers

Yashar

Kevin White 2013 “Heritage” DuBrul Red

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Kevin White 2013 “Heritage” DuBrul Vineyardm, Bordeaux Red, Yakima Valley, WA

Fellow wine lovers, we’ve all been loving the outstanding wines that Kevin White Winery has been putting out over their few short years of production. A few weeks ago we featured his new declassified Rhone Red with rave reviews, and today we are debuting a Reserve Cabernet Blend. The new Kevin White “Heritage” is a Cab/Merlot sourced from the DuBrul Vineyard.

Kevin White 2013 “Heritage” DuBrul Reserve Red $34.99

This is likely one of the most affordable wines made from DuBrul Vineyard fruit. DuBrul Vineyard has quickly become a favorite amongst many local winemakers and sommeliers alike, as it deliverswines of tremendous complexity and great balance. Cote Bonneville’s own DuBrul Estate wines start around $50 and go over $120. Even the Owen Roe DuBrul Vineyard wines go for $40 to $70, making the Kevin White an unparalleled value on a great wine. As with Kevin White’s previous wines, his preference for finesse in winemaking is ever-present, with delicate stylings and only 40% new French oak aging for 22 months.

The Heritage Reserve is 57% Cabernet Sauvignon and 43% Merlot from DuBrul Vineyard. Its nose conveys notes of dehydrated berries, smoke, and dried leaves. The palate is medium bodied and very approachable, showing notes of blackberries and tobacco, with hints of black olives, cherries and rose petals. Very easy drinking for a younger Cabernet Sauvignon based wine, and should also develop nicely for a few years. It’s perfect for Spring, because it’s not too heavy that you won’t want to drink it on a warm and sunny day, and it should pair wonderfully with grilled foods.

We have just 2 cases of the Kevin White “Heritage” DuBrul to offer on Impulse, and they are available first come first serve.

Kevin White 2013 Heritage DuBrul Vineyard Reserve

Kevin White 2013 Heritage DuBrul Vineyard Reserve

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Region: Yakima Valley AVA, Washington State Wine
Vineyard(s): DuBrul Vineyard
Grape(s): 57% Cabernet Sauvignon and 43% Merlot
Aging: 22 Months in 40% New French Oak Barrels
Drinkability: Now through 2021
Body: Medium
Alcohol: 14.4% by volume
Drink This if you Like: Train Station Cabernet, Owen Roe DuBrul Vineyard
Food Pairings: Grilled Foods
Production: 169 cases
Availability: 2 cases

Cheers

Yashar

Betz 2012 Bordeaux Releases

Muscular Impulse

Betz Family Winery 2012 “Clos de Betz” and “Pere de Famille”

Fellow wine lovers, I’ve said many times that Washington’s 2012 vintage is one of the best on record, yielding some of my favorite wines of all time. Turns out that Bob Betz, of Betz Family Winery, agrees with me full heartedly, and then some. In fact, Bob says that 2012 is among the top 3 to 5 vintages of that last 40 years. A pretty bold, and accurate, statement! During the growing season, everything came together just right, for a near perfect vintage- one full of power, richness, strength, and character.

Finally, I’m happy to be offering you the highly vaunted Bordeaux style wines of Betz Family Winery, from the near perfect vintage of 2012. They are in extremely high demand, so we were able to eke out just a tiny amount for a rather limited feature on Impulse.

Betz Family Winery 2012 “Clos de Betz” Bordeaux Red $59.99

A classic Betz wine, made even more authoritative by the riches of the 2012 vintage, this red fis lush and smooth, while firm and full bodied. A blend based on 67% Merlot, with 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 6% Petit Verdot, it shows all the velvety qualities and delicious plummy fruits of a lovely Washington Merlot, backed by hints of spice and strength brought on by the Cabernet and Petit Verdot. If you’ve ever felt that Merlot, or Merlot based blends are not powerful enough for your tastes, this one does not fall into that category.

The wine displays lots of deep black raspberry and dark cherry, with notes of fruit leather, and hints of cocoa. It has notions of spicy herbs, and plum liqueur, alongside fresh flower petals. It’s definitely worthy of decanting if you’re so inclined, and after about an hour it opens up to a meaty, smoky quality, while softening up nicely.

Jeb Dunnuck gives the Clos de Betz a score of 93-95 points, writing for Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. Only 862 cases were made, and we have just 12 bottles to offer today, first come first serve.

Betz Family Winery 2012 Clos de Betz

Betz Family Winery 2012 Clos de Betz

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Region: Columbia Valley AVA, Washington State
Grape: 67% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 6% Petit Verdot
Aging: 100% French Oak Barrels 65% New and 35% One Time Fill, for 16 Months
Drinkability: Now through 2023, worth decanting
Body: Full
Alcohol: 14.5% by volume
Drink This if you Like: Bold Wines, Washington Merlot
Press: Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: 93-95pts
Food Pairings: Prime Rib Roast
Production: 862 cases
Availability: 12 bottles

Betz Family Winery 2012 “Pere de Famille” Cabernet Sauvignon $74.99

As the name suggests, the Betz Family Winery “Pere de Famille” is the lead of the line up. This flagship Cabernet Sauvignon is stunning, year after year, and the 2012 is the cream of the crop. Just yesterday, I took part is a blind tasting of Washington Cabernets and Cabernet blends over $65, and everyone agreed that the Betz Pere de Famille was their favorite.

This Cabernet has always had a few other Bordeaux grapes blended into it, but the 2012 has the highest percentage of Cabernet ever, making it one of the biggest, most muscular yet. Bob Betz calls it a “historic” vintage, saying that the Cabernet is just so extraordinary this year, that it needs less blending to round it out; it’s almost perfect on its own. The nose pops with lots of spicy black pepper notes, hints of savory herbs, and freshly ground coffee. The palate is full bodied and tightly structured with firm tannins and balanced acidity. The Cabernet shows flavors of cassis, blackberries, and leather. Again, I certainly recommend decanting this wine, and watching as it gives way to greater earthy qualities of graphite and dusty gravel, after about an hour of breathing. There are further notes of anise, thyme, and lavender resonating in the background of this intense Cab. It is a powerful wine, steadied by a distinctive element of finesse.

Jeb Dunnuck gives the Betz Pere de Famille a score of 94-96 points, and calls it a “knockout”, writing for Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. Just 954 cases were made, and we have only 6 bottles to offer today, first come first serve.

Betz 2012 Pere de Famille Cabernet Sauvignon

Betz 2012 Pere de Famille Cabernet Sauvignon

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Region: Columbia Valley AVA, Washington State
Grape: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, and 4% Petit Verdot
Aging: 100% French oak barrels 65% new 35% one fill, for 16 months
Drinkability: Now through 2023, Decanting Recommended
Body: Full
Alcohol: 14.5% by volume
Drink This if you Like:
Press: 2012 Pere de Famille, Cabernet Sauvignon 94-96pts
Food Pairings: Wagyu Steak
Production: 954 cases
Availability: 6 Bottles

Cheers

Yashar

Avennia 2012 Sestina, Valery, and Gravura

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Avennia 2012 Sestina, Valery, and Gravura

Fellow wine lovers, we’ve been featuring the wines of Avennia since Impulse Wine first began, and they just continue to impress. Today we have 3 of their latest release of Bordeaux style wines, from the outstanding 2012 vintage, which includes a brand new Right Bank Bordeaux style red called “Valery”.

For those who have yet to hear of Avennia, this is a remarkable new winery, now in their third vintage, with long-time veteran winemaker Chris Peterson turning out some of the best wines in the state. Chris made wines at DeLille for several years before connecting with his now business partner, Marty Taucher, a Microsoft alumn. Together, they’ve caught the attention of every major magazine and wine reviewer, quickly becoming the most talked about new winery of the past five years.

Avennia 2012 “Sestina” Left Bank Bordeaux Red $59.99

The Sestina red is their flagship Bordeaux wine, featuring the most body, complexity, and age worthiness. Jeb Dunnuck of the Wine Advocate sampled it while still in barrel and gave it a rating of 94-96 points, calling it a “knockout”. It has significantly more Cabernet Sauvignon than the other two Bordeaux, with 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, and 9% Cabernet Franc. The grapes are sourced from some of the oldest Cabernet vines in the state, from top vineyard sites, including a 1973 planting from Dionysus Vineyard and a 1972 planting at Bacchus Vineyard. The Sestina also receives a more generous oak regiment than the other two, spending 21 months in 70% new French Oak barrels.

The result is a layered and beautifully structured wine, which is tasting great right now, and will easily continue to develop in the bottle for several years – it’s also well worth decanting if you open it up sooner rather than later. This blockbuster 2012 vintage brings forth a Sestina with a more generous and boastful nose that has lots of dark fruits, nuanced by baking spices and earth. The palate is full bodied, though not heavy, coming up very balanced and smooth, with a hint of grip on the finish which will soften over time. It shows classic notes of blackberries and blackcurrant, with a background of blueberry, hints of vanilla, new leather, and scorched earth and graphite. Its essence is deep and dark, with a long finish that keeps on giving. This wine is absolutely outstanding, and will only continue to get better.

Chris only made 250 cases of this lovely Sestina, and we are able to offer just 3 cases on Impulse, first come first serve.

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Avennia 2012 Sestina

Avennia 2012 Sestina

Region: Columbia Valley, Washington State
Vineyard: 33% Dionysus Vineyard Cab, planted 1973 33% Red Willow Cab, planted 1985 6%
Bacchus Vineyard Cab, planted 1972 19% Red Willow Merlot, planted 1985 9% Bacchus Cab Franc, planted 1997
Grape: 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, and 9% Cabernet Franc
Aging: 70% new French Oak for 21 Months
Drinkability: Now through 2027
Body: Full
Drink This if you Like: DeLille Chaleur Estate Red, Betz Pere de Famille Cabernet
Press: 94-96 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
Food Pairings: New York Steak with Demi-Glace
Production: 250
Availability: 3 cases

Avennia 2012 “Valery” Right Bank Bordeaux Red $44.99

This is their newest wine in the line-up, and it’s very exciting that we are able to get some of it, because there’s so little made and its announcement is so well received. The “Valery” red is named for Saint Valery, the patron Saint of wine in the town of St. Emillon, in the right bank of Bordeaux. Like the wines of St. Emillon, Valery is a Merlot based blend of 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, and no Cabernet Sauvignon. This turns out a lighter style, that leans more towards red fruits.

I asked Chris and Marty if there is a particular reason they’re introducing a new wine, and they told me it was inspired by Dick Boushey, of Boushey Vineyards. Seems Dick has an old, 1986 planting, of Merlot within his vineyard, which is unique. It’s planted in an especially rocky site, not unlike the new Rocks AVA, which was just designated in Walla Walla. Apparently, Dick had mentioned the site saying, “You wouldn’t be interested in this Merlot, it comes off really earthy,” and that was enough to peak everyone’s interests. They acquired some of the Merlot with the intention of adding it into one of the preexisting Avennia blends, but once they tasted the outcome, they immediately felt it was worthy of its own label, Valery.

These rocky Merlot vines have turned into another winner for Avennia, with a polish mouthfeel and dusty gravel subtleties. The wine has already received a preview score of 92-94 Points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, where Jeb Dunnuck referred to it as “voluptuous” and “sexy”. It shows hints of cocoa powder, fresh ground peppercorn, red cherries, red plums, and hints of Herbes de Provence coming from the 20% Champoux Vineyard Cabernet Franc.

Another great wine from Avennia, and they made just 125 cases, of which we are able to offer 3 cases on Impulse, first come first serve.

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Avennai 2012 Valery

Avennai 2012 Valery

Region: Columbia Valley, Washington State
Vineyard: 80% Boushey Vineyard Merlot 1986 planting, 20% Champoux Vineyard Cabernet Franc
Grape: 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc
Aging: 60% new French oak for 20 months
Drinkability: Now through 2023
Body: Medium
Drink This if you Like: Clos de Betz
Press: 92-94 Points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
Food Pairings: Meatloaf, Beef Brisket, Grilled Pork
Production: 125
Availability: 3 cases

Avennia 2012 “Gravura” Left Bank Bordeaux $34.99

The Gravura continue to be a standout value among the Avennia showcase, and Washington State Wines as a whole. It’s like the little sibling of the Sestina, with less Cabernet Sauvignon, being almost equal parts Cab and Merlot, with 11% Cabernet Franc. It receives a more mild barrel treatment of 50% new French oak for 20 months, and is more suited for early drinking, though can surely lay down for a while. It has a more up-front showing of bright fruits, with notes of juicy black raspberries and cherries, red liquorice, hints of sage and cedar. The palate is firm and dense, yet velvety and generous, with the wine really opening up nicely over time. I’ve saved several bottles of their 2011 and 2010 vintages, and found that they really evolve beautifully. Easily one of my favorite wines, and an outstanding value. Something I am happy to have poured for me anytime – in fact, this is the wine I most often take to dinner and parties, and give as gifts to friends whom I know really appreciate great wine. The responses I get when showing the Gravura, to someone who has yet to have it, are extremely positive.

Stephen Tanzer of Vinous gives it 92 points, calling it, “A steal for the price”. Chris made only 625 cases of this beauty.

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Avennia 2012 Gravura

Avennia 2012 Gravura

Region: Columbia Valley
Vineyard: 19% Angela’s Vineyard Cab, 15% Bacchus Vineyard Cab, 14% Red Willow Cab, 23% Red Willow Merlot, 14% Klipsun Merlot, 4% Boushey Merlot, 7% Champoux Cab Franc, 4% Bacchus Cab Franc
Grape: 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc
Aging: 50% new French oak for 20 months
Drinkability: Now Through 2025
Body: Medium-Full
Drink This if you Like: DeLille D2
Press: 92 points from Vinous/Tanzer
Food Pairings: Steak
Production: 625

Cheers

Yashar

Chateau Beauregard Lagupeau 2010 Bordeaux Rouge

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Fellow wine lovers, since 1850, Chateau Beauregard Lagupeau has been owned by the same family, with Jacques and Marie-Laure Perromat. representing the sixth generation of winemakers today. The Chateau is situated in the Graves sub-region of Bordeaux, named so for its distinctly gravelly soil. Graves is also home to one of the most admired first growth Bordeaux, Chateau Haut-Brion. It’s the wines of Graves which brought about the term Claret, as Eleanor of Aquitaine (France) married King Henry II (England), and export of their local red wine to England began. Wine production in this area predates that of the Medoc area, another well known sub-region of Bordeaux.

Chateau Beauregard Lagupeau 2010 Bordeaux Red $12.99

Comprised of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, the Chateau Beauregard is a classic left-bank Bordeaux Rouge. Hand harvested fruit, from 25 year old vines, is fermented in large stainless steel vats, then aged in 25% renewed French Oak. Renewed oak is a traditional old technique, where old oak barrels and vats are manually scraped out to remove the residue of previous vintages, then re-charred by an open flame to add a hint of toast qualities. Renewed oak has a significantly more nuanced impact on wine, compared to brand new oak, since much of the heavier flavors have been extracted by previous use.

Tasting the Beauregard, I’m pleasantly surprised by how deep and complex it is. It’s easy to forget that good Bordeaux exists at this level, since all we ever hear about is how prices are rocketing to astronomical heights. It’s medium bodied, with lingering tannins which can use an hour in the decanter. Up front, there is a brandishing of leather and docile hints of barn-yard which don’t overpower the wines other characteristics. You get a hint of toasty oak qualities, parallelled by a shade of black pepper and roasted chestnuts. The mid-palate really opens up with dark notes of cassis, framboise, and wild berry vines. It comes home with signature gravelly earth, a touch of rosemary, and a polished finish. Densley structured, and still fairly tight, it should open up nicely over the next year or two.

Chateau Beauregard Lagupeau BordeauxClick here to order the Chateau Beauregard Bordeaux Rouge

Region: Graves AOC, Bordeaux, France
Grapes: 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc
Aging: 25% renewed French Oak
Drinkability: Now through 2018
Body: Medium
Alcohol: 13% by volume
Drink This if you Like: Haut Brion, Classic Bordeaux Red
Food Pairings: Boeuf Bordelaise

Cheers

Yashar

Numbskull Impulse

Mark Ryan Winery introduces two new wines

Fellow wine lovers, I try to refrain from name-calling, but today’s wine has Numbskull written all over it. Just when we thought life couldn’t get any better, Mark Ryan Winery does a thing like introducing two new wines under a distinct new label called “Numbskull”. Aside from the great wine and the fantastic value, the label itself is a big stand-out too. It features the likeness of a skull, one worthy of a second take.

You might not guess it at first glance, but it’s actually a skull which is hand drawn, not by pencil or brush, but by a lit match. Turns out Cherylin Andre, who works the Mark Ryan tasting room, is also the winery’s resident artist, and the Numbskull label is based on a “flame painting” which she drew by carefully maneuvering a lit match underneath a 22×30 inch piece of watercolor paper. From what Cherylin told me, the idea of flame painting is something which she herself developed, and I’ve personally never seen anything like it.

Mark Ryan 2012 “Numbskull” Bordeaux Style Red $35.99 (Normally $38)

(Regularly $38) The focus of the two Numbskull wines is Walla Walla. Mark Ryan opened a new tasting room out there last year, and has quickly become ingrained into the wine community of the valley. Being a good neighbor, they’ve taken up some local fruit in a show of support for their new cohorts, and the result is Numbskull.

My favorite of the two is the Bordeaux style red, a blend of 69% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 3% Petit Verdot. On first taste, I was very impressed at how well they captured the Walla Walla terroir, especially since the majority of Mark Ryan wines are made with grapes from Red Mountain, which could be said to be Walla Walla’s polar opposite. While their Red Mountain wines tend to be big, bold, and dense, with firm tannins, these Walla Walla wines are relatively light, earthy, and delicate. This stark contrast is do to the very different climatic conditions of the two grouping regions. Red Mountain is hot and dry, while Walla Walla is relatively cool and with a touch more precipitation by contrast.

It’s off to a good start, but I think it can use another 8 months in the bottle, or at least a decanting, before it really starts to come alive. The Numbskull Bordeaux is smooth, soft, and plumy, with medium body- strong reflections of its Merlot base. The Cabernet in the blend gives it peppery spice, dried herb qualities, with added notes of cassis and blackcherry, and a backbone for ageability. That 3% Petit Verdot sneaks in a extra bit of acidity and reaffirms the tannins, adding further to the wine’s longevity. There were only 500 cases produced.

Numbskull by Mark Ryan Winery

Numbskull by Mark Ryan Winery

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Region: Walla Walla Valley, Washington State
Vineyard: Super Secret Undisclosed Vineyards in Walla Walla
Grapes: 69% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 3% Petit Verdot
Aging: 100% French Oak; 80% new and 20% used barrels
Drinkability: Now through 2022
Body: Medium
Alcohol: 15.1% by volume
Drink This if you Like: Pomerol, Saint Emillon
Food Pairings: Pot Roast
Production: 500 cases

Mark Ryan 2012 “Numbskull” GSM Rhone Style Red $29.99 (Normally $32)

(Regularly $32) The GSM is a blend of 58% Syrah, 26% Grenache, 16% Mourvedre, and again really captures the elegant qualities of Walla Walla’s terroir, in many ways leaning towards the flavors of a French wine from the Rhone Valley. The fruit is harvested from two top vineyards in the region, Seven Hills Vineyard, and one of my new favorites, Les Collines Vineyard. I’ve been really impressed by the wines I’ve had from Les Collines, the Syrahs coming from here are especially phenomenal. I think this might be one of the most terroir driven sites in the valley.

Showing nicely now, though the GSM could use another 6 months in the bottle before drinking, it’s a prime example of what Washington can do with Rhone grape varieties. Aged in 100% French Oak; 40% new and 60% used barrels, it showcases fresh, ripe, juicy red and blue fruit. There are notes of red licorice, and raspberry freezer jam, blueberries, backed by black peppercorn, along with hints of cured olives and smokey meats. Perfect with a mouthwatering cut of prime rib. Only 1000 cases were produced.

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Region: Walla Walla Valley, Washington State
Vineyard: Seven Hills, Les Collines
Grape: 58% Syrah, 26% Grenache, and 16% Mourvedre
Aging: 100% French Oak; 40% new and 60% used barrels
Drinkability: Now through 2020
Body: Medium
Alcohol: 14.9% by volume
Drink This if you Like: Cote Rotie, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone Valley
Food Pairings: Prime Rib
Production: 1000 cases

Cheers

Yashar

Quilceda Creek Impulse

Quilceda Creek Vintners 2011 Columbia Valley Red Wine

Fellow wine lovers, we have a rare treat of Quilceda Creek today. Previously we had the pleasure of offering their flagship Cabernet Sauvignon – the one that goes for $200 or more – and today we have their value wine, the Columbia Valley Red, or CVR for short. 

Quilceda Creek 2011 Columbia Valley Red Wine $54.99 

The Galitzine family, who owns and operate Quilceda, have built a following based on their 100-point getting, hard to find Cabernet Sauvignon label which hogs the spotlight year-round. Even so, for many insiders, the CVR is the back-stage favorite, because it’s made using the same quality fruit, with the same careful craftsmanship and attention to detail. Meanwhile, it’s just as hard to get a hold of, since Quilceda produces about the same amount of it as their flagship Cab, while offering it at a quarter of the price. 

2011 was a cooler one year, so Alex and Paul Galitzine thinned their crop down to 40% of its typical yield, in order to maintain the level of depth and concentration we’ve come to expect from Quilceda. These remaining grapes receive the added benefit of extra hang-time, which came with the 2011 vintage, making for especially complex fruit. The result is a blend of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, and 2% Cabernet Franc, and the crop is reaped from, hands down, some of the very best vineyards in Washington State, including Champoux, DuBrul, and Klipsun, as well as Quilceda’s recently activated estate vineyards, Galitzine and Palengat. 

The CVR is always big and bold, one of the bigger 2011 reds I’ve seen, driven by waves of black fruit, sweet vanilla, and toasty oak. Still, it endeavors to preserve the subtle intricacies of the vintage, with esoteric qualities of graphite, toasted star anise, and wild rose buds. The palate is medium-full bodied with assertive yet polished tannins and balanced acidity. There are additional notes of black currant preserve, and the generosity of aging in 80% new French oak for 22 months makes itself known with an announcement of half-baked cookie dough flavors. Approachable now, but can surely age given the structure; if you open it in the next year or two, be certain to decant for an hour or two ahead of time. 

The Galitzines have been generous enough to grant us 3 cases of the 2011 CVR, to offer on Impulse, and they are first come first serve 

Click here to order the Quilceda Creek CVR 

Region: Columbia Valley, Washington State 
Vineyard: Champoux, Discovery, DuBrul, Galitzine, Klipsun, Palengat, Shaw, Tapteil, Wallula 
Grape: 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, and 2% Cabernet Franc 
Aging: 80% New French Oak for 22 months 
Drinkability: Now through 2020 Quilceda Creek Vintners 2011 Columbia Valley Red Wine
Body: Medium/Full 
Drink This if you Like: Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 
Press: 91 pts Jeb Dunnuck, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate 
Food Pairings: Filet Mignon with demi-glace 
Availability: 3 cases 

Cheers 

Yashar