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Varietal

65% Cabernet Sauvignon
25% Merlot
8% Cabernet Franc
2% Petit Verdot

Appellation

Red Mountain AVA

Aging

Age 5-20 Years

Vineyard

60% Ciel du Cheval
32% Upchurch
8% Klipsun

2014 Chaleur Estate 6L

There is a great youthful intensity in this dark-fruited, powerhouse wine. It has aromas of black plums, blueberries and cocoa, with hints of tarragon and black pepper. With flavors of blueberries and black currants, along with vanilla bean, pie dough and pie spices like anise and cinnamon, it is a vibrant and hedonistic wine with a lengthy finish. It is a classic example of Red Mountain’s combination of ripeness and structure, and will age beautifully for many years.

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95 Points

— Jeb Dunnuck, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

95 Points

DeLille’s 2014 Chaleur Estate comes all from Red Mountain and is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and the balance Petit Verdot. Aged 20 months in new French oak, this beauty offers a gorgeous bouquet of creme de cassis, lead pencil shavings, chocolate and espresso roast. Reminding me of a first or second growth Pauillac from a warm year, with more mineral, tobacco and earth coming through with air, this full-bodied, impeccably balanced 2014 has sweet tannin, nicely integrated acidity and a good finish. Drink it anytime over the coming two decades.

June 2017

Additional Scores:

94

Vinous

93

Wine Enthusiast

94

James Suckling

Pairing Suggestion

Seared Rack of Lamb with black garlic gastrique, herb gnocchi, beurre noisette and lamb jus — Other pairing recommendations include hearty mushroom-based dishes, earthy risottos and rich pastas.

Behind the Wine

2014 Chaleur Estate 6L

DeLille Cellars’ inaugural wine, Chaleur Estate marks the foundation on which the winery has built its craft of blending Washington State fruit in the traditional style. This wine is a Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant blend of Bordeaux varietals, with a focus on Red Mountain vineyards. The result is a wine of depth, complexity, focus and elegance that personifies the French word for warmth, chaleur.

Vineyards

Ciel du Cheval is one of Washington’s most prestigious vineyards. The 1982 planting of Cabernet Sauvignon at this famed Red Mountain site is the backbone of Chaleur Estate.

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Winemaking

Cold soaked 24-36 hours, fermented 14-16 days on skin, aged 20 months in 100% French oak (100% new) and aged in bottle 8 months prior to release.