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Varietal

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Appellation

Red Mountain AVA

Aging

Drink Now or Age 10 to 20 Years

Vineyard

Grand Ciel

2020 Grand Ciel Cabernet

Undeterred by its youth, the 2020 Grand Ciel Cabernet delivers an abundance of pleasure on release.  The nose shows whiffs of blackberry, roasted baking spices, star anise and cedar plank.  The harmonious palate displays powerful, broad tannins and intense richness while remaining impeccably balanced and fresh.  The oak is layered seamlessly in the background behind spicy green peppercorn, red currants, fresh dark espresso, and molasses.  The lengthy finish is focused and has great purity of fruit with a savory edge.  I love this wine now, but its true colors will show after five more years in the bottle, and it will be able to cellar for 20+ years. – N.B

$160

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95 Points

— James Suckling

95 Points

This is polished and perfumed, exuding sandalwood, cloves, blueberries, blackcurrants and myrrh. Touch of eucalyptus. It’s full-bodied, layered and classy, with firm, fine tannins supporting the spiced fruit. Long finish. From a single plot of estate-vineyard cabernet sauvignon. Try from 2026.

March 2024

Additional Scores:

95

Owen Bargreen

93

Vinous

92-94

Jeb Dunnuck

Barrel Tasting, June 2023

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

2020 Grand Ciel Cabernet

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.

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Vineyards

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

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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 18 months prior to release.