Delille Cellars Washington State
The focus of Dellille Cellars is principally on producing top-quality Bordeaux blends from a range of Yakima Valley fruit sources, the majority from the Red Mountain AVA and now including their own Grand Ciel site. To this end they succeed very well, with the wines close to the state pinnacle. Both the Chaleur Estate and the D2 are made in an open-knit, ripe, supple style, particularly the soft, more obviously forward D2 which is dominated by Merlot. The Estate – Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot – certainly has depth and a fine tannic structure, but very much in an opulent, bold fashion with vibrant, dark chocolaty fruit. Harrison Hill differs from Chaleur in that it is a single-vineyard meritage in a tighter, more backward style. The impressive white Chaleur Estate is a blend of ripe Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon. An additional range of wines is now produced under the Doyenne label. These include a Roussanne, a Syrah, a red Rhône blend labelled Métier, Aix which includes a little Cabernet Sauvignon (Provençale in approach), and a rosé. As well as the Grand Ciel Vineyard Syrah, there is also a super premium Grand Ciel Cabernet Sauvignon (£H). (DM)
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