TN: 05 Quilceda Creek Cab - Galitzine Vineyard

  • 2005 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Galitzine Vineyard - USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Red Mountain (5/31/2009)
    Upon initial pop, this showed a really nice nose of dark fruit and oak and the flavors were a wonderful mix of fruit and chocolate notes but once it caught a little air, it closed up like a vice and became a backwards, massive, and tongue stainingly tannic beast. We left in the decanter overnight and came back to it nearly 24 hours later and while it had softened some, it still shows very young and cranky. Put this down for a long sleep folks and perhaps in several years it might really shine to it’s hyped potential. I am leaning much more towards the IWC score (93) then the WA score (97). (92 pts.)

Posted from CellarTracker

My experiences with this wine have not been so nice. I found both the 04 and 05 to be wickedly hot, oaky and candied. Different strokes kind of thing I suspect, as I am in the minority on this one.

I am in the Eric Levine camp on these wines. They are like Classified Bordeaux in the time necessary to fully “get” them. You can get a glimpse of them early at release before they shut down hard but then it is put them away and forget them. I have been purchasing QC wines for many years and 2009 will be the last year I buy the Proprietary wines because they require at least 12 years on the average to start to see what they offer and I will be 60 this year.

I had the 05 last October and thought it had potential to be a very good wine in time. That day I probably scored it 92ish.

This is the Galitzine though–I have never had one. Not sure if it will behave like the normal Quilceda or what.

I shared this bottle with Rob, and I said to him almost exactly what you said above. “Hot and candied.” I think this just needs to sleep for a good long stretch and it should be decent, but even then, I am not sure it is worth the price tag.