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DeLille Grand Ciel Cabernet 2018

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Country/State Washington

Region Columbia Valley

Subregion Red Mountain


Type Cabernet

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Winery notes:

Grand Ciel Cabernet is a single vineyard, single varietal & single clone Cabernet from our estate vineyard on Red Mountain. Every detail of our vineyard has been designed to produce the highest quality fruit from the unique climate & soil of this prestigious AVA known for ripe & structured Cabernet. Our rigorous selection process only permits a small portion of grapes to become part of Grand Ciel.

The 2018 Grand Ciel Cabernet is in a class of its own, with aromas of dark chocolate, Bing cherry, fresh ground coffee and black currants all exploding from the glass.  Seductive and dense, this wine has seamless balance and polished tannins that allow it to be approachable in its youth.  The background of toasty oak harmonizes beautifully with the rich dark fruits, leading to a finish that will only get better if you have the patience to cellar. 

Critical acclaim:

"97 points. The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Ciel Vineyard checks in as 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from a great vineyard on Red Mountain. It spent 20 months in new French oak. Brilliant notes of pure cassis and darker currants fruits as well as tobacco leaf, chocolate, dried herbs, and some loamy earth all emerge from the glass, and it's full-bodied, has a pure, elegant, balanced mouthfeel, silky tannins, and is just a quintessential, impeccably made Cabernet from this team that can be drunk today or cellared for 25-30 years. Bravo. Best After 2022." - Jeb Dunnuck

"97 points. Generously layered and slightly volatile at first, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Ciel blossoms in the glass with rigorous spinning, revealing its dark-fruited core with dusty essence and intoxicatingly floral array. Full-bodied, generous and powerful, the mouthfeel is lush and marked with a fine mineral tension before displaying a firm tannic edge. The wine continues to reveal layers of juiciness and spiciness before somersaulting into a blockbuster finish. I have no doubt that this wine will continue to please thirsty palates for more than two decades. Bravo!" - Wine Advocate