2014 DeLille Cellars Red Blend D2 Columbia Valley

Inky, with a tinge of evergreen

2014 DeLille Cellars Red Blend D2 Columbia Valley

A bordelaise blend, Merlot dominant (58 percent) with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot, treated to 18 months in French oak. It’s inky and extracted, but in a Washington State way. There is quite a bit of wood, a suggestion of spices, but also that immutable Northwestern evergreen and dusty earth. The fruit is ripe, both black and blue—mostly plums and bramble berries—and while I wish the oak were more restrained, I appreciate the wine’s overall juiciness and acidity.

Pair it with light meats and roasted fowl, or steak—whatever. It just needs food with heft.

14.3% abv | $45 (sample)

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4 Comments

  1. Once again, a lovely description of the wine! I especially liked “…while I wish the oak were more restrained, I appreciate the wine’s overall juiciness and acidity.” Perfect! …and I’m willing to bet the winemaker would be pleased as well.

  2. says: David B

    Sounds like it has the body to handle a few years, which might allow the oak to back off/integrate a bit more. Nice to see more notes on this producer.

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