Washington’s Lafite-Rothschild Delivers “Yum Factor”
Critics adore DeLille Cellars and its 2014 “D2.” The winery Robert Parker called “the Lafite-Rothschild of Washington State” regularly earns praise “for the way their wines combine sheer fruit intensity and structure,” as Vinous puts it. In its 93-point review, Wine Enthusiast extols the 2014 DeLille “D2” for its “high yum factor.” Wine & Spirits praised its “nimble, succulent, light-toned fruit” in its 94-point tally, installing DeLille on its 2017 list of Top 100 Wineries alongside Louis Roederer and Penfolds. Named after the Médoc’s wine route, this Bordeaux-style blend finds star winemaker Chris Upchurch funneling grapes some of Columbia Valley’s most prestigious vineyards into a rich expression of Washington terroir. Vibrant, voluptuous, and long, at $37.99 per bottle, this is an essential label for any serious wine collector.
On the morning of his wedding day, Chris Upchurch spontaneously whipped up a Syrah-Cabernet blend to serve at the reception. It was a decision that left him with wine-stained hands at his nuptials. It’s also one that defines the near-obsessive passion behind a storied career, one informed by tutelage under the late Washington viticultural pioneer David Lake MW.
According to Wine Spectator, 2014’s vintage for Washington State yielded “picture-perfect grapes,” with Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon fruit showing the most promise. These two varieties form the bulk of the 2014 DeLille Cellars “D2,” which Chris sources from several acclaimed Columbia Valley vineyards like Grand Ciel, Klipsun, and Ciel du Cheval. These grapes coalesce to deliver pinpoint balance and refined, complex elegance — an outstanding representation of the Bordeaux style. It’s Washington wine at its apex.