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2008 DeLille Cellars Chaleur Estate White Wine Columbia Valley
Producer: DeLille Cellars
Style: White Wine
Grape Type: other white varietal
Region: Columbia Valley
93 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2009
($34; a 62/38 blend of sauvignon blanc and semillon) Sexy aromas of orange blossom and almond, plus a whiff of Rainier cherry. Sweet, concentrated and fat, with a subtle honeyed quality to the sexy fruit and smoke flavors. A leesy complexity adds to the wine's appeal. This boasts terrific intensity for Washington State white wine and finishes with superb persistence. The percentage of new oak used for this cuvee has declined steadily from 100% in 2005 to 60% in this 2008, and I applaud this strategy.