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Varietal

66% Cabernet Sauvignon
25% Merlot
9% Cabernet Franc

Appellation

Yakima Valley AVA

Aging

Drink Now or Age 5-20 Years

Vineyard

Ciel Du Cheval
Klipsun
Upchurch

1995 Chaleur Estate 1.5L

The ‘95 version of our Bordeaux style blend has a dark saturated ruby purple color. There are compelling aromas of lush blackberries, cassis and vanilla with some floral notes as well. On the palate, this wine shows a plush and opulent mouthfeel, with raspberry, chocolate, toasted nuts and cedar notes. It has a wonderful multi-layered texture. There is silky spice sweetness and ripe firm tannins intertwined with very good oak integration.

$370

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92 Points

— Wine Spectator

92 Points

Smooth and inviting, spreading rich plum, currant, spice and coffee flavors over a deftly balanced framework of fine tannins. Impressive for its suppleness and elegance, folding in its flavors elegantly. Contains 66 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 25 percent Merlot and 9 percent Cabernet Franc.

Additional Scores:

90

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Pairing Suggestion

Seared Rack of Lamb with black garlic gastrique, herb gnocchi, beurre noisette and lamb jus — Other pairing recommendations include hearty mushroom-based dishes, earthy risottos and rich pastas.

Behind the Wine

1995 Chaleur Estate 1.5L

DeLille Cellars’ inaugural wine, Chaleur Estate marks the foundation on which the winery has built its craft of blending Washington State fruit in the traditional style. This wine is a Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant blend of Bordeaux varietals, with a focus on Red Mountain vineyards. The result is a wine of depth, complexity, focus and elegance that personifies the French word for warmth, chaleur.

Vineyards

Ciel du Cheval is one of Washington’s most prestigious vineyards. The 1982 planting of Cabernet Sauvignon at this famed Red Mountain site is the backbone of Chaleur Estate.

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Winemaking

Cold soaked 24-36 hours, fermented 14-16 days on skin, aged 20 months in 100% French oak (100% new) and aged in bottle 8 months prior to release.