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2015 Delille Cellars Four Flags Cabernet Sauvignon

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Removed from a subterranean wine cellar

Ends Sunday, 7pm Pacific

RATINGS

94The Wine Advocate

...attractive bouquet of cassis, black plums, dark chocolate, warm spices and loamy soil...medium to full-bodied, deep and layered, with a chassis of rich, fine-grained but firm tannins, good concentration and a long, youthfully firm finish...

94Stephen Tanzer

... Musky aromas of dark raspberry, mocha and black pepper. Boasts lovely clarity and thickness of fruit, with serious intensity to its flavors of dark berries, bitter chocolate and cocoa powder. Wonderfully suave, classy wine with fine-grained tannins and outstanding rising length...

94Jeb Dunnuck

... It’s a rich, powerful wine that offers boatloads of ripe black cherries, crushed violets, incense, and Asian spice aromatics. Rich, full-bodied, supple, and impressively concentrated, it shows the ripe yet focused/elegant style of the vintage.

92Wine Spectator

Refined and well-structured, with multilayered currant, stony mineral and tobacco notes that take on definition toward well-groomed tannins.

91Wine Enthusiast

...vibrant aromas of bittersweet chocolate, graphite, coffee, black cherries, black raspberries and barrel spices lead to a palate packed to the brim with dark fruit flavors. Its supported by a firm handshake of tannin.

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, Cabernet Sauvignon

One of the most widely grown grape varieties, it can be found in nearly every wine growing region. A cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. It’s a hardy vine that produces a full-bodied wine with high tannins and great aging potential.