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Varietal

Cabernet Sauvignon
Merlot
Cabernet Franc
Petit Verdot

Appellation

Red Mountain AVA

Aging

Age 5-20 Years

Vineyard

Ciel Du Cheval
Klipsun
Upchurch

1996 Chaleur Estate

Black fruit and chocolate toast scented nose with opulence and rich mouth feel. The 1996 Chaleur Estate shows notes of supple currant and coffee spice flavors. Stunning balance elegance and dramatic finish.

$167

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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

1996 Chaleur Estate

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.

Vineyards

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.