Casual Friday with Quilceda Creek

No big deal...just a casual Friday feature of THE iconic Washington Cabernet producer, Quilceda Creek. Of course we've included QC's legendary Columbia Valley Cabernet from the monumental 2018 vintage, marking the winery's 40th year. And in case you haven't discovered it yet, Quilceda Creek makes an incredible Cab with the simple CVR label, from the same vineyards and with the same magical winemaking yet a fraction of the price. CVR 2018 is hot off a feature in Wine Spectator Insider, with 95 points and the coveted "Hot Wine" designation. Headed for Spectator's Top 100 later this year? Our money will be riding on it.

$69.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($76.95 regular)

95 points Wine Spectator, "Hot Wine": A compelling wine, beautifully proportioned and detailed, with a polished texture and expressive flavors of blackberry, toasty mocha and orange zest. Gathers speed and tension toward fine-grained tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2031."

Us: The best CVR to date? The winery thinks so and we're inclined to agree with them. Particularly rich and lush, it is pure heady Cabernet delight. Two-fifths the price of the big-boy below but not 2/5 the wine.

$179.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($199.95 regular)

98+ points Jeb Dunnuck: "Another magical Cabernet Sauvignon from this team, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley comes from a blend of sites and is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon brought up mostly in new French oak. This vivid purple-hued beauty offers a kaleidoscope-like array of red and black currants, spice box, lead pencil shavings, crushed stone, and assorted tobacco and leafy herb nuances. These carry to full-bodied Cabernet with incredibly purity of fruit, building tannins and structure, flawless balance, and a monster of a finish that won't quit. It should keep for 20-25 years with no issues."

Us: Not yet rated by Wine Spectator, it's easy to see this going beyond the CVR rating and besides, it is THE iconic Washington State Cabernet so you can never go wrong.