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2018 Delille Cellars Metier

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May 26, 2024 - $26



94James Suckling

Blackberry and tar with some spice on the nose. Bark, too. Full-to medium-bodied with round, juicy tannins and a flavorful finish. Rather creamy and delicious.

92Vinous / IWC

Expressive aromas of raspberry, strawberry, fennel, licorice and peppery herbs, along with a faint suggestion of cured meats. Smooth and suave but firm on entry, offering lovely density and energy to its red berry, spice and lavender flavors. Finishes with very fine-grained tannins and rising floral/herbal persistence.

90The Wine Advocate

...expressive and opens to a nose full of dusty red fruit and subtle black spices with hints of dusty cherry skin, licorice and baked earth. Medium to full-bodied, it has a youthful and energetic appeal across the mid-palate before showing soft flavors of dried herbs and potpourri on the lingering finish.


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.


United States, Washington, Columbia Valley, 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.