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DeLille Cellars New Releases

Saturday, February 7, 2009

The latest releases from DeLille continue their tradition of excellence. The white wines – released in the fall - are exceptionally intricate. The reds – released this weekend - are elegant and spectacular, although extremely young and needing some time. The only drawback? These are not recession reds.




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Name

Notes

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Doyenne Metier Blanc Red Mountain 2007

Almost clear in color except for a beautifuly gold hue. Dried apricots an mineral dominate the nose. A creamy feel on the taste with an intricate, textured finish. 100% Viognier. 100% Red Mountain.


$32

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Doyenne Roussanne Red Mountain 2007

Beautiful floral nose with a light citrus component. Light and crisp on the palate with mineral on the finish. 100% Roussanne. Ciel du Cheval Vineyard.


$32

**

DeLille Cellars Harrison Hill 2006

A very engaging, layered nose with rhubarb, currant, and red licorice with a light earth and herbal component beneath them. A very elegant wine that is beautifully textured with refined fruit and spices. Exceptionally well balanced. Hangs on and on. 65% Cabernet; 25% Merlot; 9% Cab Franc; 1% Petit Verdot. 99% Harrison Hill Vineyard (1% Petit Verdot from Ciel du Cheval).


$75

**

DeLille Cellars Chaleur Estate Yakima Valley 2006

This wine is Red Mountain in a glass. A complex, layered wine with violets and red fruit above and earth and cassis below. Pretty cherry aromas sneak up and around as do floral and herbal notes. Gargantuan on the taste with a tight fruit core and well integrated tannins. Give 2-5 years. 65% Cabernet (Ciel du Cheval); 25% Merlot (Klipsun, Boushey); 8% Cab Franc (Ciel du Cheval); 2% Petit Verdot (Ciel du Cheval).


$75

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Doyenne Syrah Grand Ciel Vineyard Red Mountain 2006

Herbs de Provence, stone and very light smoke aromas. Tart berries come through as the wine opens up. An elegant wine with a lot of structure. Textured and complex on the palate with berries and currant. 98% Syrah (Grand Ciel); 2% Viogner (Ciel du Cheval).

$75

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