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2016 FOUR FLAGS

One of the gems in the lineup is the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Four Flags. This thrilling, sensational Cabernet Sauvignon has a beautiful perfume of red currants, spice box, new leather, and dried flowers. Medium to full-bodied, seamless, and thrillingly textured, it offers balance, remarkable purity, and a finish that won’t quit. While Red Mountain is known for producing powerful, structured wines, this is all about finesse and elegance. It will drink nicely for two decades.

JEB DUNNUCK | APR 2019 | JEBDUNNUCK.COM

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2015 Four Flags

The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Four Flags reveals an attractive bouquet of cassis, black plums, dark chocolate, warm spices and loamy soil that has already nicely integrated its 100% new oak. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, deep and layered, with a chassis of rich, fine-grained but firm tannins, good concentration and a long, youthfully firm finish. This is very impressive and an appreciable step up above the D2 this year. It will demand several years of bottle age and enjoy two decades of longevity, perhaps more.

WILLIAM KELLEY | Jun 2018 | 237, THE WINE ADVOCATE

2015 FOUR FLAGS

The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Four Flags comes from the top four vineyards in any vintage and in 2015 is 30% Grand Ciel, 30% Upchurch, 25% Ciel du Cheval, and the rest from Klipsun. It’s a rich, powerful wine that offers boatloads of ripe black cherries, crushed violets, incense, and Asian spice aromatics. Rich, full-bodied, supple, and impressively concentrated, it shows the ripe yet focused/elegant style of the vintage.

JEB DUNNUCK | APR 2018 | JEBDUNNUCK.COM

2015 FOUR FLAGS

Three of the last four vintages of Delille’s Four Flags have earned this score. A blend of Klipsun, Ciel du Cheval, Grand Ciel and DeLille’s own vineyard, Upchurch, it’s massive, to be sure, but possesses a compelling spice that accompanies the fruit, a waft of mint and pine and oak. The flavors feel generous and loose, with a tannic structure gathering them like a nylon net. This is ready for drinking with something meaty, like a porterhouse, or cellar it to let it mellow. (1,925 cases)

OCT 2018 | WINE & SPIRITS

2015 FOUR FLAGS

(from vines up to 40 years of age in Klipsun, Grand Ciel, Ciel du Cheval and Upchurch vineyards): Bright ruby-red. Musky aromas of dark raspberry, mocha and black pepper. Boasts lovely clarity and thickness of fruit, with serious intensity to its flavors of dark berries, bitter chocolate and cocoa powder. Wonderfully suave, classy wine with fine-grained tannins and outstanding rising length. And pliant from the start; this wine can be drunk even now without pain. "Like a Chave version of Cabernet Sauvignon from four different soils on four hills in close proximity," noted executive winemaker Chris Upchurch. Incidentally, DeLille Cellars did not make a Shaw Cabernet in 2015; this juice went into the D2 bottling.

Stephen Tanzer | Nov 2018 | Vinous.com

2015 FOUR FLAGS

Refined and well-structured, with multilayered currant, stony mineral and tobacco notes that take on definition toward well-groomed tannins. Best from 2020 through 2029. 2,000 cases made.

TIM FISH | JUL 2019 | WINE SPECTATOR

2015 FOUR FLAGS

This wine is a blend of fruit from Grand Ciel (30%), Upchurch (30%), Ciel du Cheval (26%) and Klipsun vineyards. Its vibrant aromas of bittersweet chocolate, graphite, coffee, black cherries, black raspberries and barrel spices lead to a palate packed to the brim with dark fruit flavors. Its supported by a firm handshake of tannin.

Sean P. Sullivan | Sep 2018 | WINE Enthusiast

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2014 Four Flags

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.

Jeb Dunnuck | Jun 2017 | 231, The Wine Advocate

2014 FOUR FLAGS

This 100% varietal wine is a blend of fruit from Grand Ciel (42%), Upchurch (31%), Ciel du Cheval (19%) and Klipsun vineyards. Wound-up aromas of black cherry and barrel spice are followed by pitch-black-fruit flavors, with the tannins combed to a fine sheen. It flat out impresses.

Sean P. Sullivan | Jun 2017 | WINE Enthusiast

2014 FOUR FLAGS

Bright ruby-red. Precise aromas of cassis, violet, licorice and wild herbs convey a hint of positive greenness. Plush and sweet, if not with quite the definition of the Shaw Cabernet. In a more savory, less fruity style with lovely spicy, herbal lift and subtle sweetness, but this very youthful, backward wine needs time. Less hedonistic than the Shaw, especially as its tannins build with aeration.

Stephen Tanzer | Oct 2017 | Vinous.com

2014 FOUR FLAGS

Rich fruit pairs with a sturdy, complex structure, offering smoky black cherry and mocha spice accents that linger toward taut tannins. Drink now through 2024. 2,250 cases made.

Tim Fish | Jul 2017 | WINE SPECTATOR

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2013 Four Flags

Up there with the incredible 2012, yet in a more focused, tight, backwards style, the inky colored 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Four Flags comes from four separate vineyards (Klipsun, Grand Ciel, Ciel du Cheval and Upchurch) and exhibits classic Red Mountain characteristics of black fruit, smoked herbs, licorice, graphite and dusty minerality on the nose. Possessing serious intensity, full-bodied richness, ripe, yet present tannin and a fabulous finish, it needs to be forgotten for 4-5 years, and it will drink beautifully through 2038.

Jeb Dunnuck | Jun 2016 | 225, The Wine Advocate

2013 FOUR FLAGS

Four Flags is drawn from four Red Mountain vineyards: Ciel du Cheval, Grand Ciel, Klipsun and DeLille’s own Upchurch vineyard. With those notable sources, it’s pretty big stuff, but there’s a brightness of tone piercing through the weighty blue gloaming that gives the wine its personality and charm. The blue-fruited flavors are dark and concentrated, but also tailored, round and comfortable. This needs to rest in the cellar; then decant it for a New York strip. (2,460 cases)

DEC 2016 | WINE & SPIRITS

2013 FOUR FLAGS

(made with fruit from Grand Ciel, Ciel du Cheval, Upchurch and Klipsun vineyards; 70% new oak): Deep ruby-red. Aromas of cassis, licorice and crushed rock, plus a very ripe suggestion of plum brandy that winemaker Chris Upchurch says is from the Klipsun fruit. Wonderfully dense, fine-grained and broad, combining Latour-like saline, gravel and graphite notes with the vibrant blueberry and mineral aspect of Ciel du Cheval. Seriously structured, sharply focused, very pure wine with lovely floral lift and elegance. Finishes with sweet tannins and outstanding breadth.

Stephen Tanzer | Nov 2016 | Vinous.com

2013 FOUR FLAGS

Firm and chewy, with a green olive edge to the black cherry and rose petal flavors, coming together harmoniously against formidable tannins on the finish. Has presence and grace. Best from 2017 through 2023. 2,500 cases made.

HARVEY STEIMAN | Sep 2016 | WINE SPECTATOR

2013 FOUR FLAGS

A blend of Cabernet from Grand Ciel (31%), Ciel du Cheval (30%), Upchurch (28%) and Klipsun (11%) vineyards, wood spice aromas start out up front. The cherry flavors are light and elegant, with the tannins bringing some grip.

Sean P. Sullivan | May 2016 | WINE Enthusiast

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2012 Four Flags

The limited production 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Four Flags is an off-the-hook effort. Decadent, layered, unctuous and rich, with classic Cabernet notes of blackcurrants, chocolate, lead pencil, crushed rock and graphite, this awesome 2012 hits the palate with full-bodied richness, no hard edges, a stacked, rich, concentrated mid-palate, and loads of sweet tannin that are almost completely hidden under all of the wine's fruit and texture. Given the wealth of material here, it's already hard to resist, but don't let that fool you, this has the balance, concentration and structure to keep for 2-3 decades. It's a sensational Cabernet from this team that should not be missed.

Jeb Dunnuck | Jun 2015 | 219, The Wine Advocate

2012 Four Flags

Classic cabernet scents lead in this Red Mountain red—violets, sage, a whiff of cedar—all of it so beguiling you’ll just want to hover over the glass for several minutes. But the flavors are just as impressive, not for their power and their weight, but for their movement as well. The wine feels monumental, and yet it has the lift and kinetic energy to make it a thrill to taste. Decant it and serve with leg of lamb. (1,450 cases)

DEC 2015 | WINE & SPIRITS

2012 FOUR FLAGS

(14% alcohol; from Klipsun, Grand Ciel, Ciel du Cheval and Upchurch vineyards): Dark ruby-red. Knockout nose combines spicy red and black fruits, tobacco, minerals and black pepper, plus a complicating medicinal aspect. Delivers outstanding concentration and a fine-grained texture, showing lovely floral lift and a classic juicy Red Mountain Cabernet character. The tannins communicate an impression of finesse but this wine is nonetheless still tight on the back end. Combines the "plum brandy of Klipsun, the Latour-like focus of Grand Ciel, blueberries and minerals from Ciel, and the floral character of Upchurch," according to Chris Upchurch.

Stephen Tanzer | Nov 2015 | Vinous.com

2012 FOUR FLAGS

A blend of top vineyards Ciel du Cheval (28%), Upchurch (26%), Grand Ciel (25%) and Klipsun, this 100% varietal wine is aromatically reserved with notes of café au lait, black currant, dusty chocolate and fresh herbs. Fruit flavors are concentrated and rich with firm tannins that will benefit from additional time in the bottle. Best after 2017.

SEAN P. SULLIVAN | MAr 2015 | WINE ENTHUSIAST

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2011 Four Flags

Even better, the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Four Flags is 100% Cabernet that comes from Red Mountain and is a mix from the Upchurch, Grand Ciel, Ciel du Cheval and Klipsun vineyards. Aged 20 to 22 months in French oak, it offers a full-bodied, elegant, yet classically styled profile to go with notions of cassis, black raspberry, lead pencil shavings and dried spices that show on both the nose and palate. Concentrated and rich, with excellent mid-palate density and building tannin, it nevertheless stays seamless, elegant and perfectly balanced. Give it 2-3 years in the cellar and drink it over the following 10 to 15 years.

Jeb Dunnuck | Jun 2014 | 213, The Wine Advocate

2011 FOUR FLAGS

(100% Cabernet Sauvignon): Bright ruby-red. Cassis and blueberry aromas are complemented by wild herbs and toasty oak. Deeper than the D2, showing outstanding density and focus to its dark fruit, olive tapenade, Asian spice and iron flavors. Wonderfully pliant and vibrant wine, with extremely suave tannins spreading out to saturate the palate on the very long finish. A classically structured, outstanding wine in the making, this will be better for five years in the cellar.

Stephen Tanzer | Dec 2014 | Vinous.com

2011 FOUR FLAGS

This recent addition to the lineup at DeLille blends Cabernet from Klipsun, Ciel du Cheval, Grand Ciel and Upchurch vineyards. It's a fine effort, structured like the scaffolding on a high-rise building, narrow and vertical, with a spine of steel and a core of cassis. Firm acidity completes the picture.

SEAN P. SULLIVAN | Jul 2014 | WINE ENTHUSIAST

2011 Four Flags

Sandy tannins underlie the ripe cherry, tobacco and coffee flavors, wrapping around the focused finish that turns toward plum and spice details. This has depth and persistence. Best from 2016 through 2021. 1,010 cases made.

Harvey Steiman | DEC 2014 | WINE SPECTATOR

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2010 Four Flags

A mailing-club-only offering and textbook Cabernet Sauvignon on the nose, with black currant, cedar, lead pencil, wild herbs and sweet oak, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Lot 1 Four Flags (100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Red Mountain) is gorgeous! Full-bodied, seamless and beautifully concentrated, this knockout 2010 has a voluptuousness that’s backed up by superb underlying tannic grip. As with all of Chris’ wines, this has the polish and texture to shine now, yet I still recommend short-term cellaring and a 12-15+ year drink window isn’t out of the question. Drink 2016-2025. 

Jeb Dunnuck | Jun 2013 | 207, The Wine Advocate

2010 FOUR FLAGS

Aromas of blueberry, cigar box and lavender. Highly concentrated, supple and sweet, with a slight youthful aggressiveness to the densely packed dark berry and cocoa powder flavors. The very long finish features a serious tannic spine and a note of bitter chocolate.

Stephen Tanzer | Nov 2013 | Vinous.com