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2005 DeLille Cellars Chaleur Estate Red Wine Red Mountain
Producer: DeLille Cellars
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Bordeaux Blend
Region: Yakima Valley
88 Points | Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
91+ Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2008
($72) Bright ruby-red. Cassis, boysenberry, tar and brown spices on the nose. Sweet and sexy on entry, then powerful and a bit youthfully aggressive in the middle, with a bit of alcohol (actually 14.9%) currently muting the black fruit flavors. This solidly structured wine finishes with excellent tannic grip but is currently a bit clenched. I'd give it five years of cellaring, at which time I suspect it will merit a higher score.