DeLille Cellars is a boutique artisan winery located in Woodinville, Washington that is largely considered to be one of the best in the state if not the country. They have racked up countless accolades in the 20+ years they’ve been around including New York Times’ Winery of the Year award, and having both red and white wines in both Wine Enthusiast and Wine Spectator’s Annual Top 100 wines of the Year list at the same time.
Their work with Bordeaux varietals is second to none outside of Bordeaux itself, which led the world’s greatest wine critic, Robert Parker, Jr. to declare after a visit to the winery that DeLille is “The Lafite Rothschild of Washington State”. If you haven’t had the chance to try any of their wines yet, now is your best chance! $38 on release, $34 is the cheapest you can find anywhere online… until now.
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92 Points, Stephen Tanzer (Vinous)
Bright, dark red with ruby highlights. Aromas of cassis and licorice hint at a dried-berry character. Impressively concentrated for such a large blend, offering a fine-grained texture and noteworthy inner-mouth floral lift. Boasts plush, sweet dark fruit and spice flavors, with a repeating element of very ripe berries. Suggests a wider range of fruit ripeness than most of the other DeLille reds but very successful for such a disparate blend. The long finish features substantial ripe, broad tannins.
91 Points, Jeb Dunnuck
Named after the famed highway leading up to the Médoc from the city of Bordeaux. The 2015 D2 is 58% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. It offers a Pomerol-like bouquet of black cherries, leafy herbs, graphite, and lead pencil, and is medium to full-bodied, seamless and elegant. Readers wanting a taste of the style – and quality – from Delille should absolutely check this wine out. Drink bottles over the coming 7-8 years.
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