1998 DeLille Cellars "Chaleur Estate" Yakima Valley Proprietary Red (Previously $60)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The medium to dark ruby-colored 1998 Chaleur Estate offers sultry spice, violet, and jammy cherry aromas. This velvety-textured, medium-bodied red reveals loads of muscle to its underlying, candied cherry, raspberry, and blueberry character. An elegant, well-detailed offering, it combines gorgeous layers of sweet, bright, fresh fruit with a delightfully harmonious personality as well as an extensive, pure finish. (PR)
Wine & Spirits
No tasting note given.
Though it has been on the market for some weeks, this wine is wrapped up tight as a drum. Firm fruit suggests black cherry, blackberry and cassis, and it shows underlying streaks of dark, mineral-saturated Red Mountain terroir. The weight and dimension of this wine, borne out in past vintages, is not immediately apparent in this latest release—give it time to breathe and it begins to open gradually, revealing layers of smoke, tar, spice and coffee underneath the tight fruit.
Juicy, lively style packs plum, cherry and strawberry flavors into a bright core that lingers on the extended finish, framed by subtle tannins. (Web-2002)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Full ruby-red. Wild, gamey aromas of roasted meat, game and minerals. Less sweet and lush than the D2 but still very ripe and plummy, and with firm mineral underpinning. Finishes with dusty, even tannins and very good length.