DeLille’s D2 is a Bordeaux-style blend of two-thirds Merlot, a little less than one-third Cabernet Sauvignon, and a dollop of Cab Franc and Petit Verdot. The fruit was sourced from 15 vineyards in the Columbia Valley and the wine aged for 18 months in French oak barrels.
It’s deep cherry red, redolent of black and red cherry with the woodsy notes of barrel aging. The palate delivers a core of black fruits ornamented with allspice and clove. There is good extraction and acidity and a firm carpet of tannins, so the wine reads, overall, like a young Bordeaux: youthful, spritely, animated, but with those same fruit flavors, if a little more ripe.
It could probably age amicably for another five to 10 years. Pair it now with pork, beef, mushrooms, savory pilafs, or medium-aged cow’s milk cheeses.
2017 DeLille Cellars D2 Red Blend Columbia Valley
14.2% ABV | $45 (sample)