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2017 Delille Cellars Grand Ciel Vineyard Syrah

ITEM 8247339 - Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine cellar; Purchased from a private collector; Consignor is second owner

Bidder Amount Total
thewinwa… $45 $45
$45
Item Sold Amount Date
I8247339 1 $45 May 29, 2022
I8237702 1 $45 May 22, 2022
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RATINGS

96+ Wine Spectator

...inky purple hue to go with ripe, powerful notes of black and blue fruits, ground pepper, violets, and smoked game. Gorgeous on the palate, with a Hermitage-like class in its tannins, it's flawlessly balanced, has a pure, precise texture, and a great finish.

94The Wine Advocate

Big, bold and beefy...firm and concentrated nose with aromas of peppered beef, blackberry jus, spiced plum compote and wilted lavender. Full-bodied, the palate is generously layered with fresh, black berry flavors that give way to a dusty and savory mid-palate...ends with a long, lingering, food-friendly and mineral-laced finish.

94James Suckling

Very attractive aromas of black cherries, currants and dark chocolate follow through to a medium to full body with round tannins that are soft and luscious. Some meat and spice undertones.

93+ Vinous / IWC

...scents of blackberry and violet, plus hints of black olive and smoked meat. Impressively dense, concentrated and suave, with broad, mouthfilling black fruit and floral flavors complicated by a note of cured meats.

PRODUCER

Delille Cellars

DeLille Cellars was founded in 1992 in Woodinville, Washington, by the Lill family, Jay Soloff and Chris Upchurch, who is the winemaker. The family and the founding partners still own and operate the estate, considered one of the best in Washington. The estate makes Bordeaux-style red and white wines under several labels, which are DeLille Cellars, Doyenne and Grand Ciel. The flagship wines include DeLille Cellars Chaleur Estate, which is typically 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. The Grand Ciel wines are small-production, luxury cuvees that come from the famous Ciel du Cheval Vineyard in the Red Mountain appellation of Eastern Washington. The first Grand Ciel vintage was 2004. Wine Advocate gave the 2005 Grand Ciel 95 pts and called it “opulent.” The Doyenne wines are Rhone-style Syrahs, Roussannes and blends.

REGION

United States, Washington, Yakima Valley, Red Mountain

Yakima Valley AVA was the first AVA created in Washington State. The valley, a 600,000-acre area in south central Washington, was granted AVA status in 1983. In 1984 Columbia Valley was given AVA status, and Yakima Valley was enclosed within the Columbia Valley AVA. Nevertheless, Yakima Valley remains home to the largest concentration of vineyards and wineries in the state. There are more than 60 wineries and some 16,000 vineyard acres, and nearly 40% of Washington wines are made with Yakima Valley grapes. The most frequently planted grape is Chardonnay, followed by Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Winemaking here dates to 1869, when a winemaker from Alsace planted grape vines. Vineyard planting and wine production plodded along slowly until the early 1980s when numerous modern pioneers started making well-reviewed Yakima Valley wines. Some of the state’s newest, most closely watched appellations, including Red Mountain AVA and Horse Heaven Hills AVA, are contained within Yakima Valley.

TYPE

Red Wine, Syrah (Shiraz)

This grape is grown in milder climates and produces a medium-to full-bodied wine. It is also known as Shiraz, but should not be confused with Petit Sirah, which was developed by crossing Syrah with Peloursin.