DeLille Cellars

DeLille Cellars, one of the premier wineries in Washington state, is often compared to the best chateaux in Bordeaux. It is no coincidence that the winery recently was named on four Top 100 lists: Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, the Robb Report and Seattle’s Paul Gregutt.

The winery is not often open to the public, so the tasting room was packed during St. Nick’s weekend. And no wonder — the wines being poured were superb; the warm appetizers and cheese-and-cracker table, awesome; and the chateau was beautiful as big white snowflakes descended on it.

We found the 2005 Doyenne Grand Ciel Syrah excellent, and simply had to order a bottle. The Doyenne 2005 Aix was rich and delicious, and the smoky, silky 2006 Chaleur Estate Blanc exceeded my expectation of a complex white wine.

Yes, DeLille Cellars lives up to its glowing reputation, and then some. We are looking forward to returning to the release party in February.


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About Margot

Margot has been writing about wine since 1997 at KOIN-TV in Portland, Oregon; ten years later, she created this blog. Write for Wine focuses on the fine wines of Washington state, with additional posts about Oregon, B.C., California, ANZ, France, Italy, Spain and more. A former national journalist in Canada and the U.S., Margot has been a Washington wine enthusiast since moving to Seattle in 1999. Her motto: “It’s wine o’clock somewhere.”

4 thoughts on “DeLille Cellars

  1. I’m pleased to read your review of De Lille, brief as it is. In my opinion, there are few wines, from anywhere in the world, as consistantly fine as those of the De Lille and Doyenne labels. De Lille & Doyenne are two of the best reasons for drinking Washington wines. I just hope that some day they will get the respect and widespread appreciation they deserve. With that said, I think I’ll open a bottle of Chaleur Estate Red when I get home from work today.

  2. Hi Bob,
    Thanks for your comment! I’m glad that you agree with my comments. (I don’t consider myself a reviewer or a critic. I simply blog about wine that I like.)

    I think DeLille is getting fairly widespread recognition — let me know if you agree, after reading my earlier post about the four honors that they recently received.

    What other Washington state wines do you like?

  3. Let me give you the highlights…I’m a fan of several Yakima Valley wines and several Woodinville wines. I’ll cover the Woodinville wines later. From Rattlesnake Hills I like Portteus for their Reserve Red Blend & Sangiovese, Wineglass Cellars for their Elerding Vineyard Cabernets and “In The Buff” Chardonnay, Massett Winery for their Sandra Jean Red Blend, Merlot & Petit Syrah. From Red Mountain, my favorite is Terra Blanca for their Onyx blend. Right now I have a five year verticle 1998 – 2002 of Onyx waiting for the right occasion. A little farther east I like Goose Ridge, almost anything they make. Finally, I like Woodward Canyon for Barbera and artist series Cabs) and L’Ecole No. 41 for their Appogee and Perigee blends. There are many more but too many to list here in a single response.

  4. That’s fabulous — thank you for the list! The ones I know, I too like. And you’ve listed some that I don’t know but now am anxious to try. I appreciate that! We were in Yakima in September and visited Wine Glass Cellars. And Goose Ridge, Woodward Canyon and L’Ecole were all stops during our trip to eastern Washington. We recently opened the Woodward Canyon Charbonneau-most excellent! But I’ve yet to try Portteus, Massett or Terra Blanca. They are now on my list. Thanks — and I look forward to your Woodinville list when you have a minute!

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