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2017 Delille Cellars Red Willow Vineyard Malbec

Removed from a subterranean wine cellar

Ends Sunday, 7pm Pacific


94James Suckling

A red with blackberry, blueberry and dark-chocolate aromas and flavors. Full body, chewy tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Rich and layered.

92The Wine Advocate

...impressive with juicy black fruit, elements of spiced plum compote, blackberry jus and hints of mocha with dusty purple flowers on the nose. Medium to full-bodied, the wine is generous, rich and round with tones of ripe plum on the energetic and lively mid-palate, ending with a long, lingering finish, leaving flavors of red and black spices, potpourri and blueberry skin on the palate.

92Jeb Dunnuck

...offers a more exotic, perfumed style as well as medium-bodied richness, ripe tannins, and lively notes of savory herbs, candied violets, orange blossom, and assorted darker fruits.

90+ Stephen Tanzer

Blackberry, cassis, licorice pastille and bitter chocolate on the pungent nose, accented by Tellicherry pepper and violet. Penetrating black fruit, espresso and licorice flavors are not particularly sweet but are quite suave and fine-grained...tannins are fully buffered. Finishes with a note of medicinal blueberry.


United States, Washington, Yakima Valley

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.


Red Wine, Malbec

This grape produces a dark red wine with plenty of tannins. It is one of the six grapes allowed for blending red Bordeaux wines. Malbec is also the flagship variety of Argentina. The grape needs a lot of sun and heat to mature. It adds complexity and intensity to blends.