DeLille Cellars D2 2006

Hats off to winemaker Chris Upchurch and Delille Cellars for this outstanding Bordeaux blend from Washington State. D2 is the second wine of DeLille Cellars and it also takes its’ name from the Grand Route de Vin (the famous wine road in Bordeaux). At 10 years old this wine isn’t anybody’s second! It takes first place in my book. This Columbia Valley red blend will knock your socks off. It’s comprised of 52% Merlot, 39% Cabernet, 7% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot. It’s still very youthful, showing only primary characteristics. The wine has a complex nose of black fruit, cedar, lead pencil, cassis, and mocha. The fruit just melts in your mouth, and the silky dusty tannins have only just begun to move. It’s an incredibly dense, complex, full bodied wine. Flavors of black cherry, blackberry, black currant, and graphite dominate the palate. It’s so balanced with great acidity. The juicy finish lasts several minutes. I’d hold this wine for another 5 years. This wine really emphasizes the point that Washington State makes great wines! D2

Lisa Stephenson

Certified Specialist of Wine. WSET Diploma student. Slave to the Grape. Traveling the world and tasting fine wines in pursuit of my wine passion.

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