QUILCEDA CREEK, Snohomish
This is quite a remarkable story. Established in 1978 by Alex Golitzin, Quilceda is located outside Seattle, and owns vineyards in eastern Washington — Galitzine Vineyard in Red Mountain, plus the Palengat and Champoux vineyards, both in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA — as well as buying fruit from other Red Mountain and Horse Heaven Hills vineyards. Alex’s uncle, Andre Tchelistcheff, helped him make his first wines and define the supple, elegant style that remains the Quilceda hallmark.
Since 1998, Alex’s son Paul has been winemaker, achieving a remarkable SIX 100-point Parker scores. Paul’s style is full-bodied, balanced wines with enough new oak to support the bold fruit. He sells his Tarransaud barriques to other wineries after the 2nd use. In 2003 the Chateau was completed, and in 2011 a completely new winery replaced the garage that had been used since the beginning. The result is dramatic, yet surprisingly elegant wines.
Interesting fact: Golitzin’s relative (the family’s heritage is Russian), Pavel Tchelitchew was the artist selected to design the 1956 Mouton-Rothschild label.