Wine made exclusively from the prestigious Red Willow Vineyard is typically dominated by the aromas of red fruits. Bing cherry and cranberry lead to a bouquet of dried lavender, creme de cassis and fresh Yakima Valley hops. The combination of 56% of the blend being Cabernet Franc, and the more restrained expression offered by the 2019 vintage, provides an old-school feel, with solid tannins and an herbal edge balanced by the plush, round feel of Merlot. Give a lengthy decant or cellar for 10+ years.
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— Wine Enthusiast
Cellar Selection: Fruit and barrel intertwine on the aromas and flavors, with notes of vanilla, coffee, dried tobacco, char and cherry. It has a creamy feel that ups the appeal. Barrel notes linger on the finish. Give it time in bottle to see it at its best. – Sean P. Sullivan
Perfect with steak, brisket, grilled burgers, mushroom toast and hearty cheeses like Comté or white cheddar.
Behind the Wine
2019 Red Willow
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.