“CVR” Red Wine
The Quilceda Creek Columbia Valley Red serves equally well as an introduction to Quilceda Creek’s house style or as a reminder of our approach. It is intended to be enjoyed in its youth and although it is made with declassified fruit, we produced the wine with equal seriousness and intent.
For the 2006, we sourced grapes from the Champoux, Ciel du Cheval, Galitzine, Klipsun, and Tapteil Vineyards and aged the wine in French oak, much of it new, for 22 months. This year’s blend was made from 77 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 10 percent Cabernet Franc, 10 percent Merlot, 2 percent Petit Verdot, and 1 percent Malbec. It’s a very traditional Bordeaux style combination, and while you may not be able to pick out the individual varietal components, you’d notice their absence if they were missing. We make this wine for our clients’ enjoyment on the early side, and while it is medium bodied compared with the heft of our other wines, it does not lack for complexity and fullness. On release it displayed notes of black cherry fruit, cedar, spice, vanilla, and a hint of savory minerality. It was approachable then, with at least 15 years ahead of it.
Paul Golitzin, Director of Winemaking
"There are 2200 cases of the 2006 Red Wine, a blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot, and the balance Petit Verdot and Malbec. While not at the quality level of the top wines, it is a fine introduction to the house style at a very fair price. Dark ruby-colored, it displays a bouquet of cigar box, pencil lead, violets, black currant, and a hint of licorice. Medium to full-bodied, intensely fruited, and with enough structure to evolve for 2-3 years, this lengthy effort will drink well from 2011 to 2018."