This wine has a deep, concentrated nose of jammy blueberries, black cherries, tar, plums and cedar. There is also a beautiful floral component and pencil snap notes in the bouquet. The flavors combine cassis, blueberries, huckleberries, black cherries and pepper. This wine also has beautifully integrated vanilla oak tones and a superb finish, making this a “classic” Chaleur Estate.
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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
2004 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.
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.