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DeLille Cellars


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 Latest Releases from Washington State - April, 2018

 

CURRENT VINTAGE REVIEWS:

2015 Grand Ciel Cabernet Sauvignon - 96 Points
- Release Date: September 2018 

The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Ciel Vineyard is a brilliant wine that has both power and elegance. Crème de cassis, black cherries, scorched earth, cedar pencil shavings, and a beautiful floral (violets?) character all flow to a seamless, medium to full-bodied Cabernet that has fine tannin, impeccable balance, and a great finish. It shows the warmth yet also the classic style of this great vintage for Washington State. It will ideally be given 2-4 years of bottle age and is capable of lasting for two decades.

Maturity: 2020-2040

2015 Harrison Hill - 96 Points

I always find a subtle Château Margaux-like quality in this cuvée and the 2015 Harrison Hill is no exception. Beautiful notes of sandalwood, sweet cassis, blueberries, forest floor, and graphite are just some of the nuances here. Hitting the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, it has sweet, elegant tannins, beautiful balance, and a terrific sweetness of fruit that keeps you coming back to the glass. It needs a healthy decant if drinking anytime soon and will be even better with 3-4 years of bottle age, at which point it will drink nicely for two decades or more. The blend of the 2015 is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet Franc, aged all in New French barrels.

Maturity: 2020-2040

2015 Chaleur Estate - 94 Points

While I always think of the Harrison Hill release as the Margaux in the lineup, the Chaleur is much more Pauillac/Saint Julien in style. The 2015 Chaleur Estate checks in as 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet Franc. It’s a full-bodied, deep, concentrated effort that offers terrific cassis and black cherry fruits, graphite, scorched earth, licorice, and crushed rock-like minerality. Like all the 2015s from DeLille, it has an elegant, pure, focused style and is beautifully balanced.

Maturity: 2018-2030

2015 Four Flags Cabernet Sauvignon - 94 Points

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.

Maturity: 2018-2033

2015 Lot 3 Cabernet Sauvignon - 95 Points
- Wine Club Exclusive

A one-time offering meant for the wine club, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Lot 3 is 100% Cabernet from the Klipsun Vineyard on Red Mountain. It offers a fabulous perfume of black raspberries, blackberries, toasty oak, incense, and flowers, with more sweet spice developing with time in the glass, it’s a ripe, sexy Cabernet that has a great mid-palate, a rounded, seductive texture, and sweet tannin. It’s already drinking brilliantly but will keep for 10-15 years.

Maturity: 2018-2033

2015 Red Willow Malbec - 94 Points
- Wine Club Exclusive

The 2015 Malbec Red Willow Vineyard is one of the finest Malbec coming from the state. Offering up a huge nose of blueberries, blackberries, crushed flowers, toasty oak, and Asian spices, this beauty is full-bodied, has a seductive, ripe, layered texture, sweet tannin, and a great finish. It’s a rocking good wine to enjoy over the coming 5-7 years.

Maturity: 2018-2025

2015 Grand Ciel Syrah - 93+ Points
- Release Date: September 2018

The flagship Syrah is the 2015 Syrah Grand Ciel Vineyard and it’s all from a single vineyard on Red Mountain, was completely destemmed, and aged in 30% new French oak. Similarly colored to the Signature Syrah, it offers more black cherry, currants, scorched earth, smoke, and mineral characteristics to go with a big, rich, concentrated style on the palate. Beautifully balanced, with both tannin and acidity, it needs 2-3 years of bottle age and will shine over the following decade.

Maturity: 2020-2030

2015 D2 - 91 Points

The largest production Bordeaux blend from this estate is their D2 release, which is named after the famed highway leading up to the Médoc from the city of Bordeaux. The 2015 D2 is 58% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. It offers a Pomerol-like bouquet of black cherries, leafy herbs, graphite, and lead pencil, and is medium to full-bodied, seamless and elegant. Readers wanting a taste of the style – and quality – from DeLille should absolutely check this wine out. Drink bottles over the coming 7-8 years.

Maturity: 2018-2026

2015 Doyenne - 91 Points

Made from 60% Syrah and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2015 Doyenne (100% Red Mountain) offers fabulous purity and depth of fruit as well as a rich, balanced, layered and medium to full-bodied style on the palate. With loads of blackberry, bay leaf, underbrush, and hints of tobacco, it has good acidity and freshness, plenty of fruit, and I suspect will keep for a decade.

Maturity: 2018-2028

2015 Signature Syrah - 91 Points

The 2015 Signature Syrah (which includes 2% Viognier) comes from Ciel du Cheval, Grand Ciel, and Boushey Vineyards and was completely destemmed and aged in 20% new French oak. It’s another Rhône look alike and offers classic notes of blackberries, black olives, bacon fat, and peppery herbs. It’s medium-bodied, fresh, nicely concentrated, and balanced, with present, yet ripe, tannin. It will keep for a decade.

Maturity: 2018-2028

2015 Merlot - 90 Points
- Wine Club Exclusive

The 2015 Merlot is outstanding, with a concentrated, rich style and classic notes of black cherries, dark chocolate, scorched earth, and tobacco. It’s deep, medium to full-bodied, has beautiful fruit, and a great finish. It’s certainly approachable today but will be even better with a year in bottle and keep for a decade.

Maturity: 2018-2028

2015 Métier - 92 Points

Checking in as a blend of 38% each of Grenache and Mourvèdre, with balance mostly Syrah (there’s tiny amount of Cinsault), the 2015 Métier sports a ruby, semi-opaque color as well as Southern Rhône like notes of blackberries, peppery herbs, licorice, and earth. It’s medium-bodied, rounded, and textured, with loads of charm. Drink it anytime over the coming 7-8 years.

 

2016 Chaleur Blanc - 92 Points

Looking first at the whites, the 2016 Chaleur Blanc is 85% Semillon and 15% Sauvignon Blanc, and this cuvée is unquestionably one of the top Bordeaux white blends coming out of the United States. Pineapple, tart peach, honeysuckle, and white flower characteristics all emerge from the glass. It has beautiful purity and sweetness of fruit, good acidity, and a clean, dry finish. Drink it anytime over the coming 4-5 years (or longer if you’re so inclined).

2016 Roussanne - 91 Points

The vibrant gold colored 2016 Roussanne (100% Roussanne aged 85% in stainless steel and 15% in neutral barrels) is another beauty, offering notes of crisp apple, white flowers, and salty minerality in a medium-bodied, pure, dry, beautifully balanced package. It’s going to shine on the dinner table.

 

Barrel Scores for Upcoming Vintages:

2016 Grand Ciel Cabernet Sauvignon 95-97 Points

Deep purple-colored, the 100% Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Cabernet Grand Ciel Vineyard saw an extended maceration and is aged all in new barrels. Black raspberries, cassis, toasted spice, and espresso roast notes all emerge from this ripe, full-bodied, decadent 2016 that certainly packs a punch. It has tons of fruit, building structure, and terrific purity, as well as classic Red Mountain character.

2016 Klipsun Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 94-97+ Points

The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Klipsun Vineyard is also spectacular and might end up being the top Cabernet in the lineup. Blackcurrants, graphite, violets, and damp earth aromas and flavors all emerge from this full-bodied, pure, mineral-laced 2016 that has the forward, sexy style of the vintage as well as plenty of underlying structure and depth.

2016 Chaleur Estate 94-96 Points

The flagship 2016 Chaleur Estate is a great example of this cuvée and shows the quality of the vintage. Black currants, plum, spice, and sandalwood notes all emerge from this beautiful, full-bodied, ripe, sexy Cabernet Sauvignon that has a deep, concentrated mid-palate and sweet tannin. A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot, it’s going to benefit from short-term cellaring and keep for two decades.

2016 Harrison Hill 93-95 Points

I love the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Harrison Hill, another Margaux like effort offering lovely currants and cassis fruits, lots of spring flowers, cedar and sandalwood aromas and flavors. There are some bell pepper notes, but it's complex, has sweet tannin, and a beautiful finish. It's Old World, has an herbal edge, but will be rock solid.

2016 Four Flags Cabernet Sauvignon 93-96 Points

All Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2016 Four Flags offers lots of ripe red and black fruits, spice, lead pencil and cedar notes, full-bodied richness, beautiful purity and a layered, rich, balanced style. This cuvée gains weight in bottle and is, year in, year out, one of the best Bordeaux blends from this estate.

2016 Quintessence Malbec/Cabernet Sauvignon 92-94 Points

Coming from a single block and a blend of 72% Malbec and 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2016 Quintessence Malbec / Cabernet Sauvignon is deep, inky-colored, as are the majority of these 2016 barrel samples. Blueberries, cassis, graphite, hints of toasty oak, and dried flowers all emerge from this rich, medium to full-bodied, concentrated Malbec that packs serious amounts of fruit and character.

2016 Discovery Cabernet Sauvignon 93-95+ Points

Moving to the Bordeaux blends and screaming Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Discovery (100% varietal) offers a classic, beautiful nose of blue fruits, violets, lavender, and bay leaf. It's full-bodied, textured and deep, with a big finish, it could end up being a true superstar bottle of wine.

2016 Signature Syrah 91-93 Points

The 2016 Signature Syrah is always a good value as well as a great example of Washington State Syrah. Blackberries, smoked herbs, earth, and hints of lavender all emerge from this medium-bodied, rich, balanced, beautiful Syrah that has loads of charm.

2016 Grenache 90-92 Points

Leading off the 2016s from barrel, the 2016 Grenache has outstanding potential and is certainly a terrific Grenache that’s up with the best examples of this variety coming out of Washington. Terrific sweet raspberry and blackberry fruit, herbes de Provence, and peppery notes all give way to ripe, polished, undeniably sexy Grenache that’s going to drink nicely right out of the gate.

2016 Métier 91-93 Points

The 2016 Métier checks in as a rough blend of 40/40/20 Grenache, Mourvèdre, and Syrah, with a splash of Cinsault. It offers loads of blackberry and raspberry fruits, plenty of meatiness, and peppery herbs, full-bodied richness, and a pleasure-bent, sexy style.