Long days and summer weather has us reaching for a bottle of crisp rosé or refreshing chardonnay. Welcome summer with our spring release wines alongside some of our favorite pairing dishes. Not sure which to try first? Visit our Woodinville Tasting Room for a traditional, seated wine tasting.
Our 2021 Rosé’s pink salmon hue is a shade lighter than past vintages. There is a delectable weight and mouthfeel for a wine built without oak or much skin contact. Watermelon Jolly Rancher, passion fruit, nectarine and orange blossom all pop from the glass. The rich, ripe flavors work perfectly with the sturdy acidity, resulting in a lush, balanced finish. Blending some of our warmer and cooler vineyard sites results in a wine with a personality that will pair with a wide range of foods.
In his recent Rosé vertical tasting, Owen Bargreen wrote “Showing off a more orange hue, the 2021 DeLille Cellars is a silky blend of 49% Grenache with 46% Mourvedre and the remainder Cinsault. Aromatically very vibrant this reveals salmonberry and ripe melon tones that combine with shades of nectarine skin. The palate displays dazzling finesse with a soft mouthfeel. The pretty red fruits from the Grenache is really shining through here. Dazzling at this juncture, this has a long way to go in the cellar. Drink 2022-2030- 93”
The 2021 vintage offered plenty of sun and warmth for the Roussanne at Ciel du Cheval to reach its full potential. Lemongrass, Granny Smith apple and chamomile intertwine seamlessly. Crushed stone and a creamy, honey-like texture is enjoyed on the palate. There is serious concentration and noticeable weight compared to recent vintages. The slightly structured finish balances perfectly with the juicy acid and savory undertones. Pair with your favorite mild Asian dish now or cellar for up to 10+ years.
In its youth, 2020 Le Dessein (formerly called Métier) is showing dark, brambly fruits that are offered up by Mourvèdre (44%) and Syrah (20%), with Grenache (36%) adding Bing Cherry and strawberry leaf. There is a serious meaty, bacon fat component to things wine that is accentuated by notes of black pepper, violets and cranberry. The silky structure is lifted by wonderful acidity, bringing a sense of freshness to the palate. This wine always drinks well on release and can be cellared for 12+ years.
Pair with: Wild boar, pork chops, and roasted, spice-driven dishes like Morrocan chicken or smoked cauliflower steaks
The 2020 Roofline Chardonnay opens with aromas of cucumber, Asian pear, lemon rind and wet stone. The slight hint of reduction, subtle oak presence, low alcohol, and racy acidity give this Willamette Valley cuvée an old-world feel, with a freshness and liveliness that make this wine very appealing in its youth. This will easily pair with your favorite grilled seafood or summer cheese plate. Enjoy now or cellar for up to seven years.
Pair with: Grilled seafood or your favorite summer cheese plate.
Blanc is almost back! Watch out for the release of 2021 Chaleur Blanc in July.
DeLille Cellars is the third oldest operating winery in Woodinville, WA, founded in 1992. Known for pioneering Bordeaux-style blends from Washington State, the winery has maintained a tradition of quality and excellence with over 700 individual 90+ ratings from leading publications. DeLille Cellars focuses on the Red Mountain AVA and sources grapes from Washington’s most acclaimed vineyards. The winery is recognized by notable wine critics and influencers, including Robert Parker, as one of the top producers in the state.