DeLille Chaleur Estate Red 2001
Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
The Wine Advocate - "Boasting a saturated black color, the 2001 Chaleur Estate Dixieme Anniversaire red is a blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc, as well as 2% Petit Verdot, and 86% of its fruit is sourced from the warm vineyards of the Red Mountain AVA (American Viticultural Area). This effort’s gorgeously complex and inviting aromatics display a panoply of spices, including clove, cinnamon, and juniper berries, intertwined with sweet blueberries, jammy blackberries, cassis, as well as toasty oak. Ample, medium to full-bodied deep, and exquisitely rich, it conquers the taster’s mouth with glorious breadth and power. The finest wine I’ve tasted from DeLille to date, it admirably combines winemaker Chris Upchurch’s signature elegance with the embracing, opulent fruit of the warm 2001 vintage. Completely angle free (its tannin and acidity are superbly integrated), this is a harmonious, plush wine with chocolate laced blackberry nectar flavors and an exceptionally long, fruit-packed finish. Drink it over the next 12 years. "
DeLille Cellars Winery
DeLille Cellars produces a portfolio embracing the classic styles of Bordeaux, the Rhone and Provence. Since its creation, the goat to make the best handcrafted old world-style red and white wine in the state of Washington has been unwavering during their 20-year history. Through their commitment to varietal integrity, terroir expression and elegance in the glass, they continue to maintain an impeccable reputation and a unique artisinal perspective. Both colleagues and critics agree that DeLille Cellars creates wine where power and grace co-exist; no single element overshadows the beauty of the whole, complete wine. View all DeLille Cellars Wines
About Columbia ValleyView a map of Columbia Valley wineries
Columbia Valley is the largest of Washington State's wine growing regions, with almost 11 million acres. It encompasses a number of smaller regions, including Yakima Valley, Walla Walla Valley, Red Mountain and more. The vast area consists of a range of climates, allowing viticulturists to plant a diverse selection of grape varieties. Most wineries plant rows sparsely, which helps the vines survive the harsh winters.
Notable FactsMerlot is the most popular and most planted grape of the area, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Syrah and Riesling are also popular and continue to grow in acreage.
About WashingtonRelated Links:Now the number two producer in the United States, Washington State has also grown in quality.
So how does a state known for rain and coffee produce high quality wines? They plant their grapes on the east side of the Cascade mountains, away from that ever-present rain cloud that sits along the coast. Perhaps wine grapes do well since the sandy loam soils east of the Cascade range give way to an almost desert-like land, saved from drought only by the helpful rivers that run through the area – and the good irrigation systems.
Thinking that the state would do best with typical northern growing grapes like Riesling and Gewurtztraminer, turns out the apple state is well-suited for reds, namely Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and, more recently, Syrah. Of course, whites have not been forgotten - Washington State Rieslings range from bone-dry to sweet, are well-structured and high quality, and Chardonnay dominates most of the other white plantings, making a range of wines. But the reds of the region, Merlot in particular, have made Washington State a quality force to be reckoned with.
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Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.