The 2020 Le Colosse is defined by its dreamy texture, layered dark and red fruits and being sourced from four of the most iconic Merlot sites in the state. The wine opens with whiffs of raspberry, black cherry, cinnamon stick and forest floor. The velvety mouthfeel is luxurious, with firm acid that allows the fruit to pop and just the right amount of new oak (70%) to add structure and more roundness. Milk chocolate, cinnamon stick and red currant dance on the palate, leading to an extensive finish. Easily enjoy now or cellar 10+ years. – N.B.
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— Anthony Mueller, Robert Parker Wine Advocate
Made from 100% Merlot, the 2020 Le Colosse opens to classic aromas of plum with fresh cherry essences, touches of florals and hints of oak spices. Medium to full-bodied, balanced and focused with fantastic layers that shine with elegance and refinement, the palate presents a lively and lifting structure with fine-grained tannins before offering up flavors of juicy blackberry and graphite over the long-lingering and spicy finish. Bravo! It’s a fantastic wine that spent 20 months in French oak, 70% first use. Give it a try. – Anthony Mueller, Robert Parker Wine Advocate
Ravioli with Pancetta — Merlot can be paired with a wide variety of foods, from chicken and light meats to roasted vegetables.
Behind the Wine
2020 Le Colosse
Commonly attributed to Isaac Newton, although most likely originating centuries earlier, the expression “if I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants” refers to the constant discovery and accomplishment only possible due to the previous effort and exploration by others. “Le Colosse” invokes the people, vineyards, and winemaking techniques that we seek to relentlessly build upon. For over a quarter-century, we have endeavored to use this incredible foundation to craft wines of character and balance unique to DeLille, while being true to the distinct style of Washington State.
DuBrul Vineyard was planted in 1992, the same year DeLille was founded. Owner Hugh Shiels tends to the vines.