The top-rated Washington winery has announced its latest release for 2011. Quilceda Creek in Woodinville, Washington will be following up its 100 point 2007 Cabernet with the 2008 Cabernet in January. While garnering its Wine Advocate fourth 100 pt. rating in 6 years-(2002, 2003, 2005, and the 2007), they have averaged an amazing 99 points over those half-dozen years. Robert Parker has declared Quilceda Creek wine that all Cabs should strive for. The members only list is exclusive but not unattainable. I was on their waiting list for several years, but with the downturn of the economy, made it last year. They release their flagship Cabernet in the Spring and their Galitzine, Palengat, and Red wine in the Fall. Here is an excerpt from their latest news release:
At this time, we are sold out of the 2007 "flagship" Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley (100 pts, Wine Advocate), Galitzine Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain (97 pts, Wine Advocate), Palengat Proprietary Red Wine Horse Heaven Hills (96 pts, Wine Advocate) and Columbia Valley Red Wine (93 pts, Wine Advocate & Wine Enthusiast).
Our next private offering will be the 2008 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley in early January, 2011.
While the 2007 Cabernet begs to be opened, the recommended time to crack one open is 2019-2022. Now, the Red Wine, which the Wine Spectator said might be the best blend Quilceda has made to date, is ready to enjoy. Also the price ($35) compared to the Cabernets ($130) makes it real easy to open them up.
Best Buy........Maybe ever..............
RULO 2007 SYRAH
When is the last time you bought a 96 point for less than $20? A WASHINGTON wine 96 points! Rulo's 2007 Syrah was rated the 9th best wine in Wine Enthusiast's top 100 for 2010. Sunset Magazine dropped "The Best Red Wine of the Year" on it. We found it at Yoke's in Kennewick for $18.99. The winery still has it for sale on their website, so the supply is probably still out here for those who want it. Rulo is located in Walla Walla. Kurt and Vicki Schlicker opened Rulo in 2000 and produced their first vintage that year at Abeja. In 2001 they bought their own facilities and have ramped up to 3000 cases a year now. The name "Rulo" comes from the group of grain elevators in located in Walla Walla. Here are a few reviews of the Rulo 2007 Syrah:
Sunset Magazines "Best Red Wine of 2010"
Rulo 2007 Syrah A punch of lush fruit-mulberry and plum-over dark, intriguing notes of leather, tobacco, meat, and herbs. Reg. Retail $20
96 points | The Wine Enthusiast | 2007 Rulo Syrah"Superb fruit highlights this tight, sculpted Syrah. It's extremely dense, with deep and intense raspberry and cassis fruit flavor, augmented with coffee grounds, smoke and iron filings. Complex, detailed, balanced and deep-what more can a wine give you? This is drinking very young and surely needs to be decanted. But already displaying amazing power." All that for less than $20!
We will make a trip there this upcoming year and maybe even make a weekend out of it. As for now, this wine will be remembered for the highest Quality-to-Point-to-Ratio in 2010!