2019 DeLille Cellars D2, Columbia Valley, Washington – WS94

2019 DeLille Cellars D2, Columbia Valley, Washington – WS94



DeLille Cellars is regarded as a top American producer of Bordeaux-style blends, showcasing a tradition of quality and excellence.  This year marks DeLille Cellars’ 30th Anniversary!  DeLille remains a principal influence in establishing Washington State as a premier viticultural region, with a focus on the Red Mountain AVA and other prestigious vineyard sites throughout the Columbia Valley.

Although the partners began by brokering wine to home winemakers, eventually the business plan was founded on the concept of crafting world-class wine from Washington State, DeLille Cellars was founded by Chris Upchurch, Jay A. Soloff, Greg Lill, and his father Charles Lill. The four founders believed that all good blends transcend the sum of their individual parts, and this principle and company philosophy of “always seeking” guides the winery’s commitment to constant improvement, continuous discovery in the cellar, and ultimately the creation of exceptional wines and experiences.

DeLille was one of the first five wineries in Washington to receive Robert Parker’s 5-star excellence rating. The winery’s legacy of consistent quality and acclaim includes over 700 individual 90+ ratings from top international critics, numerous placements on Top 100 lists, and four consecutive Wine & Spirits Top 100 Wineries of the World accolades (2017-2020).

The 2019 DeLille D2 approaches a classic Right Bank Bordeaux blend of 60% Merlot, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot.  The fruit is sourced from a dozen of Columbia Valley’s finest and most respected vineyards including Red Willow, Harrison Hill, Ciel du Cheval, Boushey, DuBrul, Upchurch, and Grand Ciel.

The fruit is cold soaked 24-36 hours, fermented for 12-14 days on the skin, and aged 18 months in 100% French oak (55% new).  Alcohol checks in at 14.3%.

“Polish meets structure in this red, which offers well-defined black cherry, toasty spice and bay leaf accents as this slowly unfurls toward fine-grained tannins. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2030. 15,000 cases. $50”94 points, Wine Spectator


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