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Varietal

Cabernet Sauvignon
Merlot
Cabernet Franc

Appellation

Red Mountain AVA

Aging

Age 5-20 Years

Vineyard

Ciel du Cheval
Klipsun
Harrison Hill
Staley
Ahtanum Ridge

2001 Chaleur Estate

2001 Chaleur Estate shows an inky, purple color. This is an extreme wine of unbelievable concentration, bursting with juicy flavors.  There is rich, black fruits, cigar box oak and violet aromas.  The flavors are expansive both in length and breadth.  Wow!!  The flavors include, but are not limited to, exotic fruits, peppery Asian spice, leather, plums and a touch of chocolate.  There is grip and strength, yet a certain polish in the wine.  Will do well in the cellar.

$167

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96 Points

— Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

96 Points

“Reminding me of the 2004 with its classic, focused and elegant style, the 2001 Chaleur Estate (63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot) comes mostly from Red Mountain, specifically Ciel du Cheval and Klipsun vineyards. Hitting 14.8% natural alcohol, it has fabulous depth and density as well as lots of sweet dark fruits, cassis, flowers and lead pencil aromatics.” – Jeb Dunnuck

Sept 2016

Additional Scores:

92

Wine Enthusiast

92

James Suckling

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

2001 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.