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Varietal

63% Cabernet Sauvignon
24% Merlot
11% Cabernet Franc
2% Petit Verdot

Appellation

Yakima Valley AVA

Aging

Drink Now or Age 5-20 Years

Vineyard

Ciel Du Cheval
Dubrul

2020 Chaleur Estate

The 1982 Cabernet Sauvignon vines from Ciel du Cheval are once again the soul of this wine and responsible for its incredible richness.  Marionberry, green peppercorn, fresh truffle and pomegranate seed are muddled with baking spices and warm oak undertones.  Dubrul Vineyard Merlot (23%) provides fresh blueberry and Maraschino cherry notes while rounding out the mid-palate to create a seamless transition to a dense, pondering finish.  With plenty of time to open up, there is everything to love about this effort.  Cellaring 12+ years will help tame the tannins and bring along even more complexity. – N.B.

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95 Points (Previous Vintage)

— Jeb Dunnuck

95 Points (Previous Vintage)

The 2019 Chaleur Estate is a Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend that includes 24% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot. Where the Harrison Hill always reminds me of a great Margaux, this is more St. Julien or Pauillac in style with its darker currants, crushed stone, spicy oak, and lead pencil aromas and flavors. Medium to full-bodied, wonderfully balanced, elegant, and seamless, it has enough background oak to warrant 2-4 years of bottle age (it’s far from unapproachable, though) and will have 20-25 years of overall longevity. It’s another gorgeous wine from this estate.

July 2022

Additional Scores:

93

Wine Spectator

Previous Vintage

93

James Suckling

Previous Vintage

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

2020 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.

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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.

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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.

Explore Past Vintages

Find tasting notes and acclaim from prior Chaleur Estate vintages here.

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