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Varietal

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Appellation

Red Mountain AVA

Aging

Drink Now or Age 10 to 20 Years

Vineyard

Grand Ciel

2016 Grand Ciel Cabernet 1.5L

Cabernet Sauvignon

Displaying classic varietal notes of blackcurrants, cedar and graphite on the nose, the 2016 Grand Ciel Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon displays refinement throughout.  Concentrated and obviously structured for the long haul, this wine is wonderfully integrated, with great purity and focus in its youth.  This wine beautifully represents the quality of the vintage and the impressive excellence of this estate vineyard.

$466

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97 Points

— Jeb Dunnuck

97 Points

The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Ciel Vineyard is another magical wine from this great vintage and the more elegant, classic style of the vintage worked beautifully with Red Mountain fruit. Classic blackcurrants, lead pencil, graphite, and charcoal notes all flow to a full-bodied, concentrated, layered 2016 that’s flawlessly balanced, has remarkable purity, and a great finish.

April 2019

Additional Scores:

96

Robert Parker

95

Vinous

Pairing Suggestion

Taleggio Ravioli with Wine Braised Lamb Shank, Butternut Squash and Cipollini Onion Rings — Grand Ciel Cabernet Sauvignon also pairs well with earthy vegetables, Beef Short Ribs, Venison Cheeks, Lamb Shanks and Burgers.

Behind the Wine

2016 Grand Ciel Cabernet 1.5L

Grand Ciel Cabernet is a single vineyard, single varietal and single clone Cabernet from our estate vineyard on Red Mountain. Every detail of our vineyard has been designed to produce the highest quality fruit from the unique climate and soil of this prestigious AVA known for ripe and structured Cabernet. Our rigorous selection process only permits a small portion of grapes to become part of Grand Ciel.

Vineyards

Grand Ciel is DeLille’s Estate Vineyard in the Red Mountain AVA.

Vineyards

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 18 months prior to release.