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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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99 Points (Previous Vintage)

— Anthony Mueller, Robert Parker Wine Advocate

99 Points (Previous Vintage)

Instantly impressive, the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Ciel is broad, focused and fruity, with layers of seductive complexity that continue to waft from the glass. Full-bodied, impressively layered and textured, the Cabernet offers profound pleasure that sings with harmony and unison of world-class wine. Gobs of dusty dark red fruit tones give way to a lively mineral tension before juicy spiced plum and blackberry reduction somersault across the almost unending finish. It’s a fantastic wine that proves Washington Cabernet deserves to be in the private collection of serious collectors worldwide. Just under 3,700 bottles were made after the wine rested for almost two years in 100% new French oak. This is worth seeking out.” -Anthony Mueller, Robert Parker Wine Advocate

May 2023

Additional Scores:

98

Jeb Dunnuck

93

Wine Enthusiast

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

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.