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DeLille Cellars

JUNE 2017 REVIEWS
Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate Issue #231


2014 Harrison Hill - 95 POINTS
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Coming from old Cabernet Sauvignon vines planted on Snipes Mountain, the 2014 Harrison Hill is a thrilling expression of Cabernet from Washington State. Possessing a singular bouquet of tobacco leaf, cedar, cherry, currants and spice, this medium to full-bodied beauty is seamless, impeccably balanced and has a great finish. It's one of those wines that grows on you with time in the glass, and while I thought it would need cellaring when I tasted it from barrel, it's already drinking beautifully. Nevertheless, it should be at its finest from 2022-2040.


2014 Chaleur Estate - 95 POINTS
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A more open, charming and sexy red compared to the 2013, Delille's 2014 Chaleur Estate comes all from Red Mountain and is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and the balance Petit Verdot. Aged 20 months in new French oak, this beauty offers a gorgeous bouquet of creme de cassis, lead pencil shavings, chocolate and espresso roast. Reminding me of a first or second growth Pauillac from a warm year, with more mineral, tobacco and earth coming through with air, this full-bodied, impeccably balanced 2014 has sweet tannin, nicely integrated acidity and a good finish. Drink it anytime over the coming two decades.


2014 D2 - 92 POINTS
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The ruby-colored 2014 D2 Proprietary Red Wine is the entry-level Bordeaux blend of the estate and is named after the D2 highway in Bordeaux. It's a soft, voluptuous, medium-bodied effort that offers loads of currants, black cherries, strawberries and leafy herb aromas and flavors. It's already hard to resist, yet there's quality tannin hiding under its fruit, and I suspect it will surprise you with its longevity.
* *Also received 93 Points - Wine Enthusiast**
Gold Medals: San Francison Chronicle Wine Competition, Sunset International Wine Competition, TEXSOM


2014 Shaw Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon - 97 POINTS - Club Exclusive
*Available to public in limited quantities in August*
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Another Pauillac look alike is the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Shaw Red Mountain Vineyard, which comes from a single parcel of steep, rock slopes in the northwest section of Red Mountain. It offers classic notes of black currants, dark chocolate, scorched earth and smoke tobacco. With full-bodied richness, a stacked mid-palate and present yet sweet tannin, this sensational Cabernet from Washington State will benefit from 3-4 years of cellaring, and it will keep for two to three decades.
**Also received Editors' Choice - Wine Enthusiast**


2014 Four Flags Cabernet Sauvignon - 94 POINTS
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Much less tannic from bottle than from barrel, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Four Flags comes from four different vineyards on Red Mountain: Grand Ciel (42%), Upchurch (31%), Ciel du Cheval (19%) and Klipsun (8%). It shows the vintage's more forward, charming style with its full-bodied, rich, textured style, yet it firms up considerably on the finish. Possessing lots of graphite, toasted spice, currants and black raspberry aromatics, I love its purity and balance. It's best today with a decant, but it should be in its finest from 2020-2034.
**Also received Editors' Choice - Wine Enthusiast**


2013 Grand Ciel Cabernet Sauvignon - 95+ POINTS
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A spitting image of a top Pauillac, the 100% Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Grand Ciel comes from one of the top terroirs in the state, the Grand Ciel Vineyard on Red Mountain. Aged all in new French oak, its offers sensational notes of lead pencil shavings, black currants, campfire, graphite and crushed flowers. Full-bodied, seamless and incredibly elegant, yet with serious density and power, it's surprisingly approachable given its polished tannin and overall balance, yet I've no doubt it will have 2-3 decades of overall longevity.


2013 Grand Ciel Syrah - 95 POINTS
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The 2013 vintage has an expansive nose of blue fruits, blackberries, violets, cherry blossoms, vanilla mint and citrus oil followed by mineral and garrigue (i.e., wild, fragrant herbs) characters. A glass-staining black purple color reinforces the aromas. As always there is a generosity of flavors that include lush brambleberries, blackberries, cherries, orange spice, black pepper and cumin. 2013 proves to be a ripe and powerful vintage as is evident in this release of Grand Ciel Syrah.


2014 Signature Syrah - 92 POINTS
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Readers looking for a good introduction into the Rhône-styled wines from this estate should purchase a bottle of the 2014 Syrah Signature. Incorporating 2% Viognier, it offers classic Washington State characteristics of black and blue fruits, lavender, pepper and violets in a medium to full-bodied, sweetly fruited and elegant yet pleasure-bent style that's always a joy to drink. I like it today, but it will keep nicely through 2024.


2014 Doyenne - 92 POINTS
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Previously labeled as the Doyenne Aix, the name has been changed to simply Doyenne in 2014. The 2014 Doyenne is the classic blend of equal parts Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon that's brought up in barrel. It has a great nose of toasted spice, black raspberries, currants, lavender and cedar. This gives way to a rounded, sexy, voluptuous and hedonistic red that has moderate acidity, medium to full-bodied richness and a great texture. Drink this sexy red anytime over the coming 7-8 years.


2014 Quintessence Vineyard Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon - 94 POINTS - Club Exclusive
*Available to public in limited quantities in August*

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I loved the 2014 Quintessence Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon (68% Malbec and 32% Cabernet Sauvignon) from barrel, and it certainly didn't disappoint from bottle. Sporting a deep purple color as well as fabulous notes of cassis, blueberries, tobacco leaf and incense, it's a full-bodied, voluptuous, seamless, downright sexy beauty that's already impossible to resist. Drink it anytime over the coming decade. It's one of the best Malbecs from Washington.


2014 Red Willow Malbec - 92 POINTS - Club Exclusive
*Available to public in limited quantities in August*
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One of the few examples of this variety from Washington that can compete with the top examples coming from South America, the 2014 Malbec comes all from the Red Willow Vineyard in the Yakima Valley. It reveals a deep purple color as well as classic notes of ripe, chocolaty black fruits, tobacco leaf, earth and smoked herbs. These all carry to a medium to full-bodied, beautifully textured, sexy red that has both richness and freshness. I'd drink this sexy red over the coming 4-6 years, but I certainly wouldn't be surprised to see it keep longer.


2014 Merlot - 91 POINTS - Club Exclusive
*Available to public in limited quantities in August*
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Slightly less structured and concentrated from bottle than from barrel, the 2014 Merlot is a supple, elegant effort that has beautiful cassis, lead pencil, chocolate and hints of herbs in its full-bodied, charming, textured personality. It's impeccably balanced and has light, sweet tannin that show on the finish. While it's already drinking beautifully, I suspect it will continue to shine for a decade given its overall balance and purity.


2014 Metier - 92 POINTS
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A final blend of 40% Mourvedre, 37% Grenache, 19% Syrah and the balance Cinsault, the 2014 Metier is beautiful, with a voluptuous, rich yet still graceful and lively style. Offering up lots of raspberry, spice, herbes de Provence and licorice aromatics, this medium to full-bodied beauty is impeccably balanced, has no hard edges and a great finish. I'd happily drink bottles over the coming 6-7 years, and I certainly wouldn't be surprised to see it keep longer.


2015 Roussanne - 93 POINTS
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The 2015 Roussanne from this team is gorgeous, and certainly getting up with some of the best examples of the variety coming out of Washington and California. It offers loads of pineapple, buttered citrus, honeysuckle and white flower characteristics, medium to full-bodied richness, juicy acidity and plenty of sweet fruit. With a rounded, supple texture and a great finish, it's going to shine on the dinner table over the coming 2-3 years.


2015 Chaleur Blanc - 91 POINTS
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I've always loved this cuvee, and the 2015 Chaleur Estate Blanc is no exception. Made from 73% Sauvignon Blanc and 27% Semillon, fermented sur lie in barrel, it has the classic minerality found in Bordeaux whites as well as lots of buttered citrus, mango, lychee and honeyed nuances. It has a supple, forward texture, racy acidity and a great finish. It's an impeccably made, versatile white to drink over the coming 2-3 years, or cellar for a decade if you're so inclined.
**Also received a 93+ from Vinous and Double Gold in the Washington Wine Competition**


2016 Rosé - 90 POINTS
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I loved the 2016 Rose from this estate, and it’s based on 46% Grenache, 42% Mourvèdre and the rest Cinsault. Medium-bodied, juicy and lively, it offers terrific notes of orange blossom, spice and hints of strawberries. Drink it over the coming summer months; although, due to the high percentage of Mourvèdre, it should keep even through next year.