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February 14, 2022 | DeLille Cellars

From Quintessence to Minuit: Our Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

 

Quintessence Minuit

Situated in the heart of Red Mountain lies a block of Quintessence Vineyard planted with two noble varietals, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. In 2014, the team at DeLille Cellars sought to blend these lots, finding that when Malbec is reinforced with the additional structure and life of Cabernet Sauvignon, it creates a wine with a style all its own. The end result showed ripe mouth-watering acidity and tannins, with flavors of assorted berries, violets, earth, and black pepper spices. At 70% Malbec and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, we were inspired to offer this deeply flavored blend as a single vineyard Red Mountain wine.

To say it stirred up new levels of passion in the winery is an understatement, and the reception it received through our wine club inspired us to seek out other vineyard sources to complement the blend from Quintessence. Red Willow vineyard, one of Washington State’s pioneering vineyards, grows exceptional Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon.  Through our blending trials, our winemaking team created a blend of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon from both Quintessence (52%) and Red Willow (48%).  Finding an exceptional new wine with the combination of these two noble varietals and vineyard sites, the next task was to name this blend.  Minuit, or Midnight, is the time of day that delineates one day from the next, at once the beginning of something new and the end of a defined and fundamental cycle. This wine, black as night, embodies this notion: the conclusion of our journey in the vineyard and the cellar, and the beginning of discovering the wine’s potential in the bottle and in the glass. 

DeLille’s philosophy of seeking and discovery via blending trials in the cellar often lends way to the creation of new wines.  Some of this evolution comes as smaller lots garner such a following that they evolve into something even greater.  Our team’s dedication to quality and honoring the vineyard sites and varietals is always paramount.  Our seeking never stops, and as one wine might evolve and grow, there will always be another new wine, new lot, or new vineyard site ready to be explored and shared with our members. 

Shop the newly released 2019 vintage of Minuit here.

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February 1, 2022 | DeLille Cellars

The Lot System

In 2010, DeLille Cellars started the “Lot” system to highlight small production, highly exclusive 100% Cabernets that were so exceptional they deserved to be bottled as their own lot versus being blended into other wines.  The first “Lot” was a blend of four vineyards on Red Mountain: Ciel du Cheval, Klipsun, Upchurch, and our estate vineyard, Grand Ciel.

Lot 1 Cabernet Sauvignon

Original Lot 1 Label

The Lot system began DeLille’s expansion into Wine Club-exclusive wines, highlighting the winery’s “always seeking” philosophy of crafting the most exceptional wines possible and highlighting select barrels and lots that deserve individual distinction.  Lot 1 would go on to become Four Flags, which the following year was the Seattle Times Wine of the Year and is now an integral piece in DeLille’s portfolio.  Lot 2 was a limited production from Upchurch Vineyard, produced in 2010 and 2011.  In 2015 DeLille revitalized the Lot system with a rare offering from Klipsun Vineyard, Lot 3.  Lot 4 from Discovery vineyard was produced in 2016. 

Lot 1 Cabernet Sauvignon & Four Flags Cabernet Sauvignon

In 2022, DeLille will retire its lot system and highlight the vineyard sites in script on the labels.  Cabernet Sauvignon from Klipsun and Discovery will be available under their vineyard namesakes with the release of the 2019 vintage, joining our longstanding Shaw Cabernet Sauvignon offering and the second vintage of our Cabernet Franc-dominant Red Willow blend, which is sourced from 100% Red Willow Vineyard fruit and highlights the site of the first commercial planting of Cabernet Franc in Washington State.  Much like Harrison Hill, this new designation and labeling system will pay homage to the unique vineyard locations and site terroir of these limited and passionate productions.  

New Labels

2022 New Labels 

Shop Wine Club Exclusive Library Release Wines Here

 

Time Posted: Feb 1, 2022 at 8:00 AM Permalink to The Lot System Permalink
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December 31, 2021 | DeLille Cellars

Owen Bargreen Reviews 10 Years of D2 | D2 Vertical Tasting

D2 takes its name from the grand route du vin, or great wine road that travels through the historic chateau region of Bordeaux, France. Always leading with Merlot, D2 is a traditional Bordeaux-style blend sourced from over a dozen of Washington's most prestigious vineyards. 

Since 1992, D2 has become a beloved blend for wine enthusiasts across the nation. In 2020, D2 captured national attention when named a Wine Spectator Top 100 Wine.

In December, Director of Winemaking Jason Gorski and Wine Critic Owen Bargreen sat down for a D2 vertical tasting in hopes to evaluate a decade of this acclaimed wine. 

D2 Vertical with Jason Gorski and Owen Bargreen

2009 D2 - 92 pts

"This 2009 ’D2’ blends 55% Merlot with 34% Cabernet Sauvignon and the remainder Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Nutty undertones combine with macerated red cherry and tobacco leaf on the nose. The palate is very fresh and lithe with a polished texture and a light dusting of salinity. This reveals plenty of mouth-watering acidity with pretty red fruits. Considering the warmth of the vintage this has aged really well, as this has at least another five years to go."

Drink 2021 - 2027

D2 Vertical with Owen Bargreen

2010 D2 - 90 pts

"The 2010 ‘D2’ is a beautiful blend that exactly mirrors the 2009 version with 55% Merlot with 34% Cabernet Sauvignon with the remainder Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Herbal undertones dominate the nose with fresh sage and thyme tones alongside black raspberry compote. The mouthfeel is soft and approachable with medium-bodied red cherry and red raspberry flavors alongside copious herbs and firm tannins on the palate. This is best consumed over the next few years." 

Drink 2021 - 2024

D2 Vertical with Owen Bargreen

2011 D2 - 91 pts

"A blend of 56% Merlot with the remainder 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and small parts Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, this is the first vintage utilizing Upchurch Vineyard fruit in this wine. The sense of balance here is really good with pretty red fruits that combine with salty loam soils, wild mushroom and sagebrush tones on the palate. Firm tannins hold things brilliantly in place. While great to consume now, this easily has another five years to go." 

Drink 2021 - 2028

D2 Vertical with Owen Bargreen

2012 D2 - 93 pts

"The 2012 DeLille Cellars ‘D2’ blends 50% Merlot with 42% Cabernet Sauvignon with smaller parts Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. This is the first vintage utilizing Discovery Vineyard fruit. Ripe red cherry notes alongside underbrush and scorched earthy tones all fill the nose. There are many moving pieces aromatically. This is very seamless upon entry, finishing very long. The fruit quality here is considerably more pretty than the 2009-2011 wines, as this is extremely stable wine that has at least another decade to go."

Drink 2021 - 2031

D2 Vertical with Owen Bargreen

2013 D2 - 93 pts

"The 2013 ‘D2’ Red Wine is a compelling blend of 57% Merlot with 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. This shows considerably more non-fruit aromas with tar and tobacco leaf, as well as mocha tones that combine with rich dark fruit tones. Dense and heady with good viscosity and tension, this dark-fruit driven wine is showing beautifully right now and has another decade of life in front of it. This is the most hedonistic of the tasting from 2009-2013."

Drink 2021 - 2031 

D2 Columbia Valley Wine being poured

2014 D2 - 93 pts

"The 2014 blends 58% Merlot with 36% Cabernet Sauvignon with the remainder Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. This shows a gorgeous bouquet with dried herbs alongside tar, blackberry compote and shades of espresso bean. The palate is fresh and viscous with a good combination of black fruits and herbal undertones with freshly tilled soils and dark chocolate shavings. Finishing long, this is very youthful now and has at least another decade to go in the cellar."

Drink 2021 - 2033

Jason Gorski with D2 Red Wine in Woodinville

2015 D2 - 91 pts

"A blend of 58% Merlot with 35% Cabernet Sauvignon with 6% Cabernet Franc and a splash of Petit Verdot. This was the last vintage they utilized Stillwater Creek Merlot. This is a touch leaner and more linear than vintages 2012-14. Herbal undertones combine with bright Bing cherry, salty soils and shades of scorched earth on the palate. Enjoy over the next five years."

Drink 2021 - 2026

Cheers - D2 Columbia Valley Red Wine

2016 D2 - 93 pts

"This 2016 vintage utilizes 59% Merlot with 34% Cabernet Sauvignon and small parts Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. This shows heady aromatics of espresso bean, tilled soils and black currants that all take shape in the glass. The palate is plush with a soft mouthfeel and great feeling of length. Very black fruit driven, shades of creosote and coffee grounds with sagebrush all come together seamlessly with velvety tannins holding things in place. Gorgeous to consume now, this is really nicely balance stuff that has at least another twelve years in front of it."

Drink 2021 - 2033

Columbia Valley D2 Vertical Wine Tasting in Woodinville, Washington

2017 D2 - 92 pts

"Really good already, the 2017 ‘D2’ red wine shows the highest percentage of Merlot that they have done to this point (66%). The nose shows very pretty high tones from the Merlot with red florals with cocoa powder and bright red fruits. The palate shows similarly to the nose with similar notes alongside brisk acidity and a soft mouthfeel with lighter refined tannins. The earthy components work well, as this beautiful wine still has a long way to go in the cellar."

Drink 2021 - 2033

D2 Vertical Wine Tasting in Woodinville

2018 D2 - 93 pts

"The highest percentage of Merlot in this tasting (67%), the 2018 ‘D2’ is showing beautifully now at the three year mark. This is gorgeous wine even to consume right now with its gorgeous core of dark fruits with bitter chocolate and espresso grounds notes. Herbal undertones add to the enjoyment, as this shows beautiful length, verve and weight. This will easily cellar for twelve years."

Drink 2021 - 2033

D2 Vertical Wine Tasting DeLille Cellars

2019 D2 - 91 pts

"The 2019 ‘D2’ is a blend of 60% Merlot with smaller portions Cabernet Sauvignon (34%), Cabernet Franc (4%) and Petit Verdot (2%). Sagebrush with milk chocolate and wild blackberry tones all fill the nose. This is done in the fresher style with medium-bodied red currant and red cherry flavors alongside tobacco leaf, and leather on the palate.The sense of balance here is really good. Enjoy this beautiful wine over the next decade." 

Drink 2021 - 2031

Columbia Valley Red Wine

Shop DeLille Cellars D2

Looking to sip and savor your own bottle of D2? Visit our Woodinville winery, tasting room, and Lounge restaurant in Woodinville, Washington or shop our wine online. Read the full review of the D2 vertical tasting on Owen Bargreen's blog here

Time Posted: Dec 31, 2021 at 1:07 PM Permalink to Owen Bargreen Reviews 10 Years of D2 | D2 Vertical Tasting Permalink
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December 24, 2021 | DeLille Cellars

DeLille Cellars Earns 11 90+ Wine & Spirits Scores | December 2021

Grand Ciel Cabernet Sauvignon2016 Grand Ciel Cabernet Sauvignon - 94 Points

"DeLille sent two vintages of Grand Ciel for us to taste this year. Both were gorgeous wines, but the 2016 showed us where these wines go…slowly. This five-year-old was wildly dark, a deep violet color with even darker inky shades on the rim. It smells of violets and plums, with plenty of extracted fruit scents, and flavors to match. The texture though, while plainly Red Mountain–big, is suede-like, with a dustiness that hints at a long life in the cellar." —P.J.C. (300 cases)

 

2018 Harrison Hill Wine 2018 Harrison Hill - 93 Points

"De-Lille’s monopole from Snipes Mountain, a north-facing vineyard set on a gravelly slope, produced a blend that’s slightly floral, the violet scents filling out with air along with a core of dark berry fruit. The texture succulent and satisfying, for carne asada." —P.J.C. (375 cases)

 

 

DeLille Cellars 2018 D2 Red Wine2018 D2 - 93 Points

"Scents of licorice and black fig take on a cinnamon tone in this merlot-dominant blend. Cinnamon scents appear with air, bright, ripe and lifted as it develops in the glass. It offers sleek cherry and warm plum flavors in a succulent combination, a satisfying accompaniment to duck breast." —P.J.C.

 

 

2017 Grand Ciel Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 Grand Ciel Cabernet Sauvignon - 93 Points

"One variety, one clone, one vineyard is how DeLille describes this wine. A driving force of dark fruit and evergreen savor, it leads with aromas of pint frond and a whiff of menthol, woodsy and fresh. The flavors are dark, the texture massive but with polish, and with a succulence for steak." —P.J.C. (300 cases)

 

 

2018 Lot 3 Cabernet Sauvignon2018 Lot 3 Cabernet Sauvignon - 93 Points

"This is sourced from mostly old-vine lots at Klipsun Vineyard—one of the warmest sites on Red Mountain. Klipsun typically yields a wine with massive dimensions and this one is inky and dark, with plum and cassis notes, a hint of vanilla from the oak, and a suede-like savor. The flavors are concentrated, the texture dense and broad shouldered, needing years in the cellar to come together." —P.J.C. (200 cases)

 

 

2018 Red Willow Blend2018 Red Willow Blend - 93 Points

"DeLille likes to blend at Red Willow, employing cabernet franc in the main, with merlot and cabernet sauvignon taking up a little over 40 percent of the blend. It’s a good move for a site as cool as this, keeping the wine bright and peppery without being at all green. The tarry purple-plum core deepens to cassis on day two, with depth and tension in equal measure, woodsy and intense, very ageable." —P.J.C. (550 cases)

 

 

2018 Shaw Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain2018 Shaw Cabernet Sauvignon - 92 Points

"This Cabernet leads with a darkly floral scent, burly, rich, full of swagger, with scents of cherry tobacco and cedar. The flavors go deep and black in their fruit expression—black plum, fig laced with violets. It needs taming in the cellar." —P.J.C. (400 cases)

 

 

2018 Signature Syrah Yakima Valley AVA2018 Signature Syrah - 92 Points

"Smoke and violet scents give this cool syrah a savory feel. It’s briny and concentrated, with a pleasing herbal tinge and fine, youthful tannins." —P.J.C. (705 cases)

 

 

 

2018 Métier COLUMBIA VALLEY AVA2018 Métier - 91 Points

"Full of Mourvedre character (which makes up half the blend with grenache, syrah, and a dollop of Cinsault), this wine imparts flavors of dried strawberries and dark red cherries with a mild florality. There’s plenty of dry extract and grippy, meaty savor, with a delightful peppery finish for lamb." —P.J.C. (890 cases)

 

 

2018 Le Colosse YAKIMA VALLEY AVA2018 Le Colosse - 91 Points

"Le Colosse is a new wine for DeLille, a blend placing emphasis on merlot (88 percent). The wine is dense and concentrated, powerfully built with scents of cocoa and carob, its blackberry flavors held in suspension by firm but velvety tannins. It’s got the stuffing for a New York strip." —P.J.C. (800 cases)

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December 20, 2021 | DeLille Cellars

International Wine Report & Global Fine Wine Challenge 2021 Scores

International Wine Report is an independent media source dedicated to providing in-depth wine reviews and tasting notes. We're honored to share the 2021 scores of our wines.

2018 Four Flags Cabernet Sauvignon

2018 Four Flags Cabernet Sauvignon - 96 Points

Red Mountain

"A phenomenal example of a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Red Mountain fruit, coming from 4 of the best vineyards in the area, this wine rests 20 months in 75% new French oak barrels. I could pick Red Mountain cab in a blind with this wine 10 out of 10 times - it just screams characteristics of dried blackberry, blueberry, violet petal, dusty road, graphite, wild mountain sage and old leather. It’s chocolatey and plush on the palate bringing medium plus acidity and sweet chewy tannins to the finish. The energy and structure of this wine will give it another decade or two of ageing potential in your cellar with beautiful results. Highly recommended."

2023-2027; 96 Points

2020 Chaleur Blanc

2020 Chaleur Blanc - 95 Points

Columbia Valley

"The wine that put white Bordeaux-style wines of Washington on the map, this is a perennial favorite among novices and collectors alike. Whole cluster pressed and fermented in 90% French oak barrels, with 60% being new, and 10% stainless steel, it rests for 7 months on the lees which gives it that luxurious mouthfeel. It is acombination of 72% Sauvignon Blanc and 28% Sémillon so that gooseberry nose is absolutely prominent, maybe more so with the 2020 than any other vintages I’ve tasted. Aspects of ripe pear, dried pineapple, green apple, fresh mint, green herbs, grapefruit zest and crushed clove. The balance of this wine is quite extraordinary as is the racy acidity and lengthy finish. I don’t necessarily gravitate towards Sauvignon Blanc but I’ll drink a bottle of Chaleur Blanc any day. It’s a bright, exuberant wine and one that should cellar well for the next decade or longer. Highly recommended."

2021-2031; 95 Points

2019 Signature Syrah

2019 Signature Syrah - 94 Points

Yakima Valley 

"I truly believe that Syrah is the most delicious grape grown in Washington state. It develops so well in the Washington climate and tends to over-deliver on the wine quality. This Signature wine is a blend of 98% Syrah and 2% Viognier, which gives the wine a bit of white potpourri aromas, is aged for 20 months in 35% new French oak barrels. Notes of blueberry, huckleberry, black plum, crushed black peppercorn, smoked beef brisket and black olives are all present and what you would expect from a Red Mountain Syrah from Washington. You also get a touch of that wild mountain sage that grows within all the vineyards of the area and is the telltale sign when blind tasting Washington wines. Tannins are still a tad sharp but be patient with this wine. In a couple of years, you are going to be blown away with how good this wine develops to become. Highly recommended."

2021-2031; 94 Points

2018 D22018 D2 - 93 Points

Columbia Valley

"The D2 is another Delille wine that helped put it on the map. A right-bank Bordeaux style blend of 67% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot and aged for 18 months in 55% new French oak barrels. The nose is rich and meaty - think aromas of blackberry, black currant liqueur, ripe blue plum, tobacco leaf, dried herbs and pencil shavings. There is also this melted dark chocolate component that comes through that gives this wine some lovely character. Acidity is high, tannins are medium to high and the body is full while the fruit flavors stand up to the 14.5% alcohol and balance the wine in a lovely way. Give it another year in the bottle to meld together and then enjoy over the next 8 years or so."

2022-2030; 93 Points

2019 Metier2019 Métier - 92 Points

Yakima Valley

"This fun Rhone-styled blend of 42% Grenache, 36% Mourvedre, 20% Syrah, and 2% Cinsault is aged for 15 months in French oak barrels. The fruit comes from the Ciel du Cheval and Boushey Vineyards and comes in at 14.6% alcohol. Medium ruby in the glass with aromas of red raspberry, thimbleberry, black peppered salami, dusty crushed gravel, and candied purple rose petals. It’s one of my favorite Delille wines in the glass partially because it has simplicity but complexity all at the same time if that makes any sense at all. Acidity, tannins and body all fall in the medium plus range and the balance is wonderful with the delicious fruit and savory flavors. Enjoy now or over the next 7 years."

2021-20219; 92 Points

2018 Minuit2018 Minuit - 90 Points

Yakima Valley

"A blend of 70% Malbec and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon that is aged for 18 months in 60% new French oak barrels, with grapes coming about 50/50 from the Quintessence and Red Willow vineyards. Wild huckleberry jumps from this dark ruby core, reminding me of being in the mountains of Idaho picking berries as a kid. Secondary notes of mocha, black pepper and crushed black gravel. The palate is a bit spicy, with the fruit taking second fiddle and the secondary characteristics of herbs and spice playing first chair. It has ample acidity, but is just a touch out of balance, however this is still a seriously good wine."

2021-2027; 90 Points

Global Fine Wine Challenge Scores

In addition to the International Wine Report scores, DeLille Cellars also received several medals from the Global Fine Wine Challenge, formerly known as the Six Nations Challenge. This challenge is accessible by invitation only and is restricted to the top 120 wines of each country. 

Double Gold Medal: 2018 Chaleur Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Gold Medal: 2018 Four Flags Cabernet Sauvignon

 

 

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November 2, 2021 | DeLille Cellars

DeLille Cellars Harvest 2021 Recap

Tuesday, October 12th marked the last day of harvest at DeLille Cellars. “I think it’s going to be a really, really fantastic vintage,” said Jason Gorski, Director of Winemaking and Viticulture. 

Warm weather, smaller than average berry size, lower than average crop loads, and incredible color and flavor are a few characteristics that differentiated this year’s harvest.

Grenache from Boushey Vineyards, Washington

Grenache from Boushey Vineyard, Washington. July 2021. Photo Credit: Jason Gorski

2021 Harvest Brings Record Heat

“We did have one of the warmest vintages on record this year. The vines are able to adapt to that in a way - our growers did a great job of keeping canopies popped up. I actually saw less shrivel in 2021 than we saw in either 2013 or 2015,” Jason Gorski noted. 

Climate researcher Greg Jones commented that the 2021 vintage in the Pacific Northwest leaned more toward the historically hot 2015 growing season than last year.

The Crew

Our 2021 harvest would not have been successful without our amazing winemaking team and our interns this year.

The Winemaking Team

2021 Harvest Team

“This year we had an absolutely incredible harvest crew - probably the best I’ve ever had the opportunity to work with. They had a good sense of humor and a smile on their face no matter what happened. It makes it a lot easier when you have people along for the ride that enjoy that chaos,” said Jason Gorski.

Winemakers punching down the grapes

Fast & Furious Timeline

One of the challenges of this years’ harvest was the condensed timeline.

Gorski said, “We normally have about three months to do harvest but this year we got everything done in about 10 weeks. It was fast and furious with the lower yields at a faster than average pace.”

Dick Boushey of Boushey Vineyards, an important producer of Syrah used in our Doyenne, also commented “this has been the most chaotic, frantic harvest I have ever been involved with. Everything seems to have gotten ripe at once. We have been working almost around the clock” (Wine Searcher). 

Looking to the Future

Partially through harvest, DeLille Cellars expanded production by adding several concrete eggs and new fermentors. “We’ve been wanting to work with concrete for a really long time at DeLille, but it’s not very cost-effective or space-efficient but with that additional space we put in a few concrete eggs,” reported Gorski. These eggs will be used for Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, and Roussanne. 

Concrete Egg

Assistant Winemaker Mari Rossi checking a concrete egg fermenter

“Global logistics are a bit of a mess right now but we’ll have some more upright [tanks] showing up just as harvest ends. Unfortunately, we were hoping to fill those by now,” Gorski said. These tanks will hold (what will become) 2021 D2.  

The team also commented on the stark color intensity of the 2021 vintage. While this doesn’t necessarily translate to anything specific, it was remarkable to see the deep, dark colors. 

Jason Gorski summed up harvest by stating, “Every vintage is an opportunity to be great no matter how challenging it is and what the conditions give you. Our goal is to make nothing but world-class wine.”

Watch the full interview with Jason Gorski below. 

 

 

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September 29, 2021 | DeLille Cellars

The Lounge at DeLille Cellars - Woodinville's New Restaurant

The Lounge Restaurant

Located next door to the Tasting Room, The Lounge at DeLille Cellars is Woodinville’s new wine-centric restaurant. The Lounge offers glass pours, comparative tastings, and a unique food menu crafted by Executive Chef Michael C. Toni. 

The Lounge Experience

The Lounge restaurant is located in the former Redhook Forecaster’s Public House, which has a long history in Woodinville as a gathering spot since 1994 when the Redhook facility first opened. DeLille Cellars looks forward to continuing the legacy of the Old Redhook Brewery as a hub of great food, libations, and memories for the community.

The Lounge at DeLille Cellars Interior

The Lounge offers an array of seating, including booths, stools by the fireplace, tables, a bartop, and lounge chairs for casual dining and sharing small plates. 

The Deck at DeLille Cellars

The Deck is a seasonal patio experience that is available depending on the weather. The Deck offers a more casual dining experience with a separate menu. In the summer, live music is held on the outdoor patio. 

Happy Hour at The Lounge

Visit us for Happy Hour 3-5 pm Wednesday - Friday for $5 pints and $10 select wine by the glass including D2. 

Live at The Lounge: Thursday Evening Music

The Lounge will feature live music every Thursday. Please see our events calendar for more information on featured artists. Reservations are strongly encouraged for live music events. 

Explore the Menu

The Lounge is a full-service restaurant with a house-crafted menu ranging from light bites for sharing to salads, sandwiches, and entrées. The Menu is directed by Executive Chef Michael C. Toni, who led the Woodinville winery’s “Date Night” meals throughout the COVID-related closures of 2020. 

Beginning with the wine menu, discover what makes the wines of DeLille Cellars so unique by exploring wines from the places in France that give us inspiration and wines from around the world that display the same level of regional distinction that DeLille does for Washington State. 

Enjoy select wines by the glass or try a comparative, side-by-side tasting of wines to further explore the nuances of place, growing region, and terroir. 

Our Woodinville restaurant also offers a wide selection of beer and seltzer on tap, including local favorites such as Black Raven, Sumerian Brewing, and San Juan Seltzer. 

A few favorite items at The Lounge include Duck Conift Poutine, Grilled Tuna Nicoise Salad, and Roasted Mushroom Toast. Whether you are looking for a complete entree or shareables to accompany your wine tasting, The Lounge at DeLille Cellars has something for everyone.

“We’re excited to offer our customers some different and unique wine and food experiences,” said DeLille Cellars CEO Tom Dugan.  “As someone who took the Burke-Gilman and Sammamish River Trails out to Redhook years ago, we’re especially excited to launch an outdoor space when the weather cooperates, even more so with the slated Eastrail project that will bring more people by foot and bike to Woodinville,” added Dugan. 

“The focus of our tasting room has always been about education and showcasing the world-class quality of Washington wine.  The Lounge allows us to offer more casual experiences, both by-the-glass and into the evening, that our wonderful customers have been looking for,” added Deb Stadelman, DeLille’s Director of Retail Operations.

Order Food to Go

Order food and wine to go from The Lounge wine list and the house-crafted restaurant menu. 

Visit our Woodinville Restaurant

We accept reservations for indoor dining and also have limited walk-in seating available at The Lounge. The Deck is a seasonal experience with walk-in availability only, weather permitting. 

Looking for a traditional seated wine tasting experience? Visit our Tasting Room next door for a 45-minute tasting of our Bordeaux-style wines.

About DeLille Cellars

DeLille Cellars is the third oldest operating winery in Woodinville, WA, founded in 1992. Known for pioneering Bordeaux-style blends from Washington State, the winery has maintained a tradition of quality and excellence with over 700 individual 90+ ratings from leading publications. DeLille Cellars focuses on the Red Mountain AVA and sources grapes from Washington's most acclaimed vineyards. The winery is recognized by notable wine critics and influencers, including Robert Parker, as one of the top producers in the state. To learn more about DeLille Cellars, visit our website

 

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September 27, 2021 | DeLille Cellars

Grand Ciel Estate Vineyard, Red Mountain AVA

One of DeLille Cellars' long-term goals since the winery's founding in 1992 was to plant and develop our own vineyard so that our winemakers had complete control of the fruit in order to make a highly specialized wine.

The team at our Woodinville winery believes that the quantum leap in quality for artisan Washington State wine lies within the vineyard. In 1999, DeLille Cellars purchased a plot of land in the Red Mountain AVA to achieve this goal of creating a fine-tuned, extraordinary wine. With a focus on concentration of fruit, even ripening and authenticity, we considered everything from clones to trellis systems with the paramount commitment of enhancing our Grand Ciel Vineyard.

Grand Ciel, meaning big sky, has been carefully designed to produce the highest quality fruit from the unique climate and soil of Red Mountain. Our rigorous selection process only permits a small portion of grapes to become part of the Grand Ciel wines. The results are wines of deep concentration with beautiful proportion and extended complexity. 

Grand Ciel Vineyard

Grand Ciel Vineyard, located in the Red Mountain AVA, is a "state-of-the-art", no expense spared vineyard. It was meticulously designed to produce great vintages with a focus on both concentration and hang time complexity. Using GPS coordinates to track the Red Mountain sun, the vineyard was carefully planted at a specific Southwest to Northeast diagonal to achieve even ripening.

Planting Grand Ciel Vineyard in Red Mountain AVA, Washington

Planting Grand Ciel Vineyard. Left to right: Founding Winemaker Chris Upchurch, Richard Holmes of Ciel du Cheval, Charles Lill, Greg Lill, Jay A. Soloff

High-density planting of French grape clones combined with traditional Guyot trellising slows down the growth of these vines. DeLille Cellars Founding Winemaker Chris Upchurch noted, “after achieving perfection in the vineyard, we then hand pick, hand sort, and barrel select for each vintage to bring you the best wine we can possibly make - true to our methods and to the terroir of Red Mountain”.

Located between Aquilini Vineyard, Ciel Du Cheval Vineyard, Corliss Vineyard and Quilceda Creek's Galitzine Vineyard, our Grand Ciel Vineyard is home to several types of Syrah and Cabernet clones. 

Syrah 174

The riper, more forward of the two French Syrah clones we’ve planted. 174 gives us big, rich generous flavors.

Syrah 383

This French Syrah clone is more structured, with better acidity and a more complex style.

Cabernet 8

This clone has been a standard in Washington State Cabernet for 60 years.

Cabernet 169 

One of the great clones of Bordeaux, Cabernet 169 gives us smaller berries and therefore great concentration. 

Cabernet 191

Another great clone of Bordeaux, Cabernet 191 gives us beautiful purity of fruit and rich, classic Cabernet characters. 

Grand Ciel Cabernet Sauvignon

Grand Ciel Cabernet is a single vineyard, single varietal & single clone Cabernet from our estate vineyard on Red Mountain. Every detail of our vineyard has been designed to produce the highest quality fruit from the unique climate and soil of this prestigious AVA known for its ripe and structured Cabernet. Our rigorous selection process only permits a small portion of grapes to become part of Grand Ciel. The first vintage was produced in 2004. 

Jason Gorski, Director of Viticulture and Winemaking at DeLille Cellars, explained Grand Ciel Cabernet Sauvignon is a "unique wine in that it’s 100% from our estate vineyard and 100% from one block. The flavors are always in balance and always in front of sugar.”

Grand Ciel Cabernet Sauvignon Profile

  • Grapes produced exclusively from our Grand Ciel Estate Vineyard
  • Made from single vineyard, single varietal, and single clone grapes
  • Grapes originate from Clone 191 - the original French clone
  • Aroma: blueberry, cassis, sweet chocolate and oak toast
  • Oak: Aged 20 months in 100% new French oak
  • Palate: concentrated yet restrained on the palate, balanced throughout 
  • Aging: 10-15+ years

Grand Ciel Syrah

At Grand Ciel, Syrah has taken on a whole new dimension. Time-honored traditional methods and modern French clones are combined with the unique climate and the unique terroir of Red Mountain: sandy loam and volcanic-ash soils. The resulting wine is one of great concentration in both fruit and terroir, yet our efforts have still managed to find the meaty, floral and focused characteristics of “old-world” Syrah. 

Grand Ciel Syrah is 100% Clone 383. “Clone 383 for me is a little bit more of the meatier, cracked black pepper and savory style of Syrah,” said Jason Gorski. “One of the things I love about this clone is that there is a little bit of something citrus. The way we farm at Grand Ciel slows everything down with moderating crop loads, allowing for great complexity and flavor development, but also low potential alcohol. Lower potential alcohol means that you’re going to have lower perceived sweetness [that] allows those savory characters of the grape to shine through. I think that’s one of the things that really sets this block apart: lower potential alcohol and better-developed flavor.”

Grand Ciel Syrah Profile

  • Grapes originate from Clone 383
  • Aroma: Charcuterie, marionberry and blackberry with a subtle whiff of blood orange
  • Oak: Aged 20 months in 30% New French Oak
  • Palate: Blackberry, tapenade, beautifully integrated tannins, acidity and fruit
  • Aging: 10+ years

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Time Posted: Sep 27, 2021 at 9:00 AM Permalink to Grand Ciel Estate Vineyard, Red Mountain AVA Permalink
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August 27, 2021 | DeLille Cellars

Seattle Wine Award Results

DeLille Cellars is honored to be named the 2021 MVP (Most Valuable Producer) by Seattle Wine Awards. D2, Minuit, and Four Flags earned Double Gold medals in this year's competition.

2018 Four Flags Red Mountain Wine2018 Four Flags Cabernet Sauvignon - 97 pts

Red Mountain

The Red Mountain pedigree of the 2018 Four Flags is immediately evident on the nose, with savory herb notes of thyme and marjoram intermixing with fruit aromas of cassis and blueberry.  Concentrated and serious on the palate, this wine nevertheless offers beautiful symmetry, with ample energy and a lingering delicate floral impression.  Oak influence is well integrated despite its youth, with mocha and espresso contributing to a plush, long finish.

 

2018 D2 Columbia Valley Wine2018 D2 - 96 pts

Columbia Valley

Mocha and milk chocolate notes from French oak integrate with beautiful cassis, dried cranberry, and cedar aromas on this 2018 D2.  This wine is instantly delicious on the palate with an inviting warm, soft entry. It rapidly builds in intensity of fruit mid-palate, offering remarkable length on the finish, with Red Mountain Cabernet (16% of the blend) apparent in the texture.

 

2019 Minuit Malbec Yakima Valley Washington Wine2019 Minuit Malbec - 95 pts

Yakima Valley 

In the lead on this 2018 Minuit, Malbec delivers an extraordinarily dark color and aromas of blackberry, black peppercorn and cocoa, with Cabernet Sauvignon providing intriguing cedar and graphite notes. Slightly more tightly wound then the prior vintage, substantial fruit begins to emerge as the wine opens. Classic Malbec fruit purity dominates on the palate, with enticing cracked pepper carried on a long finish supported by Cabernet tannin. Well-balanced throughout, with welcome freshness and energy on a moderate to full-bodied structure, this wine should continue to deliver and improve for a decade or more.

 

 

Time Posted: Aug 27, 2021 at 12:00 PM Permalink to Seattle Wine Award Results Permalink
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August 23, 2021 | DeLille Cellars

2021 Wine Enthusiast Scores

The October 2021 Wine Enthusiast Buying Guide highlighted Washington’s finest wines and increasing Syrah production. Critics praised DeLille Cellars’ Bordeaux and Rhône-style blends sourced from Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, and the Columbia Valley AVA. 

 

2018 Four Flags Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain AVA93: DeLille 2018 Four Flags Cabernet Sauvignon (Red Mountain)

The pillars of this wine are top sites Ciel du Cheval (39%), Grand Ciel (30%), Upchurch (21%) and Klipsun (10%). Aromas of black currant, licorice, cocoa and spice are followed by action-packed dark-fruit flavors. This appellation's intensity, structure and freshness are there in abundance. Yum. Editors’ Choice. —S.S. abv: 14.4% Price: $75

 

 

 

2017 Grand Ciel Cabernet Sauvignon Red Mountain AVA93: DeLille 2017 Grand Ciel Cabernet Sauvignon (Red Mountain)

The vineyard-designated wine is always a unique expression of the appellation. Aromas of red raspberry rise from the glass, along with notes of cocoa, dried herb and whiffs of tangerine peel. There’s a lot of restraint to the red fruit flavors, which ramp up in intensity over time. The acidity of the vintage enlivens it, with the appellation’s structure in abundance. Best after 2030. Cellar Selection. —S.S. abv: 14.2% Price: $160

 

 

2018 Marguerite Sauvignon Blanc93: DeLille 2018 Marguerite Sauvignon Blanc (Columbia Valley)

This is the first vintage of this wine, which saw 18 months in cigar-shaped barrels. With fruit coming from Sagemoor Block 5, it was aged sur lie. Appealing aromas of beeswax, tropical fruit, herbs and pink grapefruit are followed by a rounded palate, full of kiwi and pine-apple flavors. It’s ripe, but with well-balanced acidity, with the texture only adding to the appeal. The finish is endless. —S.S. abv: 14% Price: $75

 

 

 

2018 Signature Syrah92: DeLille 2018 Signature Syrah (Yakima Valley)

Blue fruit aromas erupt from the glass, followed by notes of huckleberry, spice, coffee and herb. It saturates the palate, covering it from end to end with blue and purple fruit flavors that sail on the finish. It has a big-time yum factor, nearly irresistible, with fruit and barrel both playing big parts in the show. Editors’ Choice. —S.S. abv: 14.9% Price: $56

 

 

 

2018 Le Colosse 92: DeLille 2018 Le Colosse (Yakima Valley)

An homage to Merlot, which makes up 88% of the blend. Cabernet Sauvignon follows with the rest equal parts Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. With DuBrul (24%) and Ciel du Cheval (24%) comprising nearly half the wine, the aromas are brooding, with notes of red fruit, spice and dried herbs. The flavors are soft and sumptuous, showing the brightness of the vintage, with plentiful structure around it all. Editors’ Choice - S.S abv: 14.6% Price: $60

 

 

92: DeLille 2018 D2 (Columbia Valley)

A blend of 67% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, this wine is full of polish and class. The aromas are charming, with notes of black cherry, dark raspberry, flowers and bittersweet chocolate. There’s impressive structure and balance to the red and black fruit flavors. Editors’ Choice. —S.S. abv: 14.5% Price: $45

 

 

 

2019 Métier91: DeLille 2019 Metier (Yakima Valley)

Grenache makes up 42% of this wine, with the rest Mourvèdre (36%), Syrah (20%) and a pinch of Cinsault. The aromas rise up from the glass, with notes of blueberry, huckleberry, fresh herbs, raspberry, black pepper and moist earth. The palate is light on its feet, showing elegance and dexterity. —S.S. abv: 14.6% Price: $45

 

 

 

2018 Chaleur Estate91: DeLille 2018 Chaleur Estate (Red Mountain)

Cabernet Sauvignon comprises 61% of this wine, with the balance Merlot (27%), Cabernet Franc (10%) and Petit Verdot (2%). Locked up aromas of black cherry, scorched earth, coffee and spice are followed by sophisticated coffee and chocolate flavors. It shows surprising restraint given the warmth of the vintage and appellation. Best after 2026. Cellar Selection. —S.S. abv: 14.8% Price: $90

 

 

 

2018 Doyenne91: DeLille 2018 Doyenne (Yakima Valley)

Syrah makes up 61% of this wine, with the rest Cabernet Sauvignon. Aromas of coffee, cherry, berry and spice are followed by creamy feeling coffee flavors. Fruit and barrel play equal parts. —S.S. abv: 14.7% Price: $45

 

 

 

 

2017 Grand Ciel Syrah90: DeLille 2017 Grand Ciel Syrah (Red Mountain)

Aromas of coffee bean, spice and dark chocolate are followed by light fruit flavors. On the one hand, the fruit seems quite ripe. On the other, the concentration light. Grainy tannins back it up. —S.S. abv: 14.6% Price: $75

 

 

 

 

2018 Red Willow90: DeLille 2018 Red Willow Vineyard (Yakima Valley)

Hailing from one of the state’s oldest and most highly regarded sites, this wine is a blend of Cabernet Franc (57%), Merlot (26%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (17%). Aromas of tea leaves, herbs, tar, sweet spice and raspberry are followed by elegant fruit flavors. It doesn’t seem to have emerged from its shell, though the sophistication intrigues. —S.S. abv: 14.4% Price: $75

 

 

 

2020 Roussanne90: DeLille 2020 Roussanne (Red Mountain)

90 DeLille 2020 Roussanne (Red Mountain). This wine is still settling into the bottle, with notes of seashell and wet rock. The palate brings texture, balance and persistence. There are lots of interesting things happening, though they all haven’t come together yet. Give it additional time in the bottle to see it at its best. —S.S. abv: 14% Price: $35

Time Posted: Aug 23, 2021 at 12:00 PM Permalink to 2021 Wine Enthusiast Scores Permalink

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