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Varietal

64% Cabernet Sauvignon
24% Merlot
10% Cabernet Franc
2% Petit Verdot

Appellation

Red Mountain AVA

Aging

Age 5-20 Years

Vineyard

60% Ciel du Cheval
32% Upchurch
8% Klipsun

2015 Chaleur Estate 6L

The Red Mountain origin of this 2015 Chaleur Estate is instantly identifiable on the nose, with dried earth, crushed stone and Herbs de Provence supported by plum, cedar, pencil shavings and fennel seeds.  Reticent at first, this concentrated wine unwinds with surprising energy, restraint and tension, with dense black fruit and bakery spices elevated by buoyant pomegranate.  Displaying expansive tannic structure, decadent fruit, harmony and a prolonged finish, this wine guarantees rewards with patient cellaring.

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94 Points

— Jeb Dunnuck

94 Points

While I always think of the Harrison Hill release as the Margaux in the lineup, the Chaleur is much more Pauillac/Saint Julien in style. The 2015 Chaleur Estate checks in as 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet Franc. It’s a full-bodied, deep, concentrated effort that offers terrific cassis and black cherry fruits, graphite, scorched earth, licorice, and crushed rock-like minerality. Like all the 2015s from DeLille, it has an elegant, pure, focused style and is beautifully balanced.

April 2018

Additional Scores:

92

Robert Parker

93

Stephen Tanzer

94

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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

2015 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.