The initial offering of this nascent cuvee is Cabernet Franc (54%) dominant, a first for DeLille after more than a quarter of a century. Blended with Merlot (32%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (14%), the nose presents floral and herbal aromas of spearmint, toasted fennel seeds and carrot frond. At once intense and graceful on the palate, with persistent fruit flavors entwined with classic structure, the delicacy of Cabernet Franc is on full display here.
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Perfect with steak, brisket, grilled burgers, mushroom toast and hearty cheeses like Comté or white cheddar.
Behind the Wine
2017 Red Willow Blend 1.5L
Since the winery’s inception in 1992, DeLille Cellars has partnered with Red Willow Vineyard, home to some of the oldest vines in Washington State. Tied directly to the origin of wine grape growing in the state, the initial vines were planted under the viticultural direction of Dr. Walter Clore, who is widely considered the father of Washington wine. The venerable Master of Wine, David Lake, DeLille Cellars’ consulting enologist in the formative years, introduced founding winemaker Chris Upchurch to vineyard owner Mike Sauer, forging a relationship essential not only to the winery, but also to the narrative of Washington wine.
As Red Willow is home to Washington’s first commercial planting of the varietal, the foundation of this blend is sourced from Cabernet Franc (56%). True to DeLille Cellars’ heritage and reputation for blending, we have carefully chosen Merlot (35%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (9%) to complement.
Red Willow, one of Washington’s most renowned vineyards, was founded in 1971.