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2009 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 2010
($36; a 68/32 blend of sauvignon blanc and semillon; aged in 75% new oak for six months) Complex nose melds ginger, lemon drop, mirabelle, honey and spicy oak. Then dense, sappy and highly concentrated, with a strong spice quality and a distinctly tactile impression of structure. This very rich wine benefits from the piquant citrus zest and gooseberry notes contributed by the sauvignon component. The yields in 2009 were lower than usual, noted winemaker Peterson, and some of the sauvignon blanc was fermented with wild yeasts. This bottling has consistently been one of Washington's finest whites in recent vintages, and is a serious outperformer in 2009, a tricky vintage for white wines in Washington.
92 Points | Wine Spectator
87 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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