Saturday, April 7, 2012

DeLille Cellars, Woodinville

Taste Washington! 2012 Recommended Wines.

DeLille Cellars currently produces five Bordeaux-styled wines: Grand Ciel, Chaleur Estate Red, D2, Harrison Hill, and Chaleur Estate Blanc. Also produced are the Doyenne wines, which include a classic northern Rhône-style Syrah - awarded as one of the great 15 Syrahs of the world; a Roussanne; Métier a Southern Rhône-styled red wine;  AIX, a Provençe-style red, and a Provençe/Bandol-style Rosé. Their goal is to make the very best handcrafted, old-world style red and white wine made in the State of Washington.

Jason Gorski, DeLille Cellars Assistant Winemaker.

Chris Upchurch, Executive Winemaker/Vineyard Manager, Owner/Partner.
Jason Gorski, Assistant Winemaker. I had the pleasure of visiting with Jason this year.

The Wines:

2009 AIX - Dark, Yakima Valley, heat, young, not bad. 58% Syrah, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Mourvedre, retail price $36. Recommended.

2008 Signature Syrah.

* Favorite: 2008 Signature Syrah - Earth, spice nose, more my speed, meaty, good finish. Dry. 98% Syrah, 2% Viognier, retail price $39.


D2, Chaleur Estate, Harrison Hill.


* Favorite: D2 - Blend, Columbia Valley, 100% new french oak. Yep, my speed, balanced, smooth, beautiful. Big finish. 55% Merlot, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc,2% Petit Verdot, retail price $38.


* Favorite: Chaleur Estate 2009 Red Mountain - Power, wow baby, grip. 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot, retail price $70.


2009 Harrison Hill.

2009 Harrison Hill - Pure terroir, picked on Halloween, fresh, grip. 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot, retail price $70. Recommended.

Wines listed here are the wines I liked and recommend. My favorite wines appealed to me because they expressed unique characteristics and quality, they are indicated by an “*” and are in italics.

DeLille Cellars 
Tasting Room
14421 Woodinville-Redmond Rd NE
Woodinville 98072
Phone: 425-877-9472

Tasting Room Hours:
Sunday-Thursday 12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Friday 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
For groups of 6 or more, reservation is required.

www.delillecellars.com
twitter: @DeLilleCellars

DeLille Cellars is now working with their vineyard partners, and with their own estate, Grand Ciel Vineyard, to apply for certification with L.I.V.E. (Low Input Viticulture & Enology - http://www.liveinc.org). LIVE is a non-profit organization that promotes and certifies sustainable vineyard practices.

They are also applying to be certified by Salmon-Safe (http://www.salmonsafe.org). Important to the Northwest, Salmon-Safe is an independent nonprofit organization devoted to restoring agricultural and urban watersheds so that salmon can spawn and thrive.

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