Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 1998

Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 1998

SKU C0250


The 1998 vintage was the sixth hottest in the 46 years that records have been kept in eastern Washington. This resulted in ultra ripe fruit with fully ripe soft tannins and full fruit expression. In spite of excellent grapes we still declassified 30% of the vintage into a red table wine in order to maximize the quality of our Cabernet.
Category Red Wine
Region United States, Washington, Columbia Valley
Brand Quilceda Creek
  • wa96

Wine AdvocateBlackberry jam, juniper berries, and spices can be found in the rich aromatics of the stunning, dark-colored 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon. A wine of awesome breadth, width, concentration, and power, this full-bodied beauty is crammed with lush layers of blackberries, plums, and cassis. This offering's prodigious fruit envelopes its copious silky tannin. Additionally, it displays an extraordinarily long finish. Drink it between 2005 and 2016.

Pierre Rovani, December 2002
  • we95

Wine EnthusiastAfter "fiddling around," as he puts it, with blends in his '96 and '97 cabs, winemaker Alex Golitzin decided to go with straight Cabernet in '98, an exceptional vintage for Washington State. This is a tight, focused effort, with powerful black fruits augmented with herbs and spices and a hint of mineral. Young, tart and tannic, it will continue to improve as it knits together over the years. Editors' Choice.

Paul Gregutt, June 1, 2002
  • ws94

Wine SpectatorDense, deep and powerful, a many-layered red that piles on its rich currant, plum, black cherry and peppery spice flavors, finishing with touches of cedar and mint. A glorious, cellar-worthy Cabernet with plenty of superrefined tannins. Best from 2004 through 2015. 2,500 cases made.

Harvey Steiman, November 30, 2001