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”.
The 2019 D2 aromas dance effortlessly in the glass with both savory and dried fruit notes. Cranberries, coffee, cassis and burnt orange are highlighted by deep, rich barrel tones of nutmeg, vanilla bean, dark chocolate and baking spices. As the wine develops in the glass, the fruit profile shifts between red and dark fruits, a classic trademark of D2. It’s got an inviting freshness and pronounced herbal quality on the palate leads to a structure that is refined despite the wine’s youth. Try a couple of bottles now, but if you have the patience, I’d be really interested in seeing what this tastes over the next 10-15 years.
94 Points, Wine Spectator (#30, Top 100 Wines of 2022)
Polish meets structure in this red, which offers well-defined black cherry, toasty spice and bay leaf accents as this slowly unfurls toward fine-grained tannins. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now thru 2030.
94 Points, Jeb Dunnuck
The 2019 D2 (60% Merlot, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot) is terrific, with a ruby/purple hue as well as gorgeous cassis and black cherry fruits, notes of spicy, dried herbs, and lead pencil, medium to full body, and a pure, balanced, undeniably delicious profile. It’s going to keep for 15-20 years and is one heck of a wine. Best After 2022.