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2016 DeLille "Grand Ciel" Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1515179 97 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Ciel Vineyard is another magical wine from this great vintage and the more elegant, classic style of the vintage worked beautifully with Red Mountain fruit. Classic blackcurrants, lead pencil, graphite, and charcoal notes all flow to a full-bodied, concentrated, layered 2016 that’s flawlessly balanced, has remarkable purity, and a great finish. Inner quote mark (4/2019)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Ciel gives up aromas of subtle black and blue fruits on the nose—cassis, blackberry, dusty boysenberry and plum jam—over an elegant core of red and black spice, along with notes of black tea and a dusty rockiness. On the palate, the wine is clean and focused, with a complex fruit expression—precise and focused every step of the way. This represents one of Washington's best Cabernet bottlings. With only 250 cases produced, if you have not yet tried the Grand Ciel Cabernet from DeLille, this is worth the effort to seek some out. (AM) Inner quote mark (12/2019)

95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Bright ruby-red. Knockout nose combines red- and blackcurrant, blueberry, graphite minerality and licorice lifted by a violet topnote. Very dry, penetrating and sharply delineated but utterly fine-grained too, with its savory dark berry flavors framed and energized by violet and minerals. Boasts rare nobility of texture and a light touch to its urgent fruit. The wine's fine, dusty tannins expand to saturate the mouth on the vibrant, rising, extremely long back end. A great Washington Cabernet in the making, but give it time. (ST) Inner quote mark (12/2019)

94 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark This wine went through a two-week cold soak and nearly two years in barrel before bottling, so perhaps it’s not surprising that it takes time for the flavors to arrive after uncorking it. It’s massive and a touch blocky, with scents of cedar plank and pine tips adorning the dark purple fruit, propelled by a dark balsamic sweetness and grounded by firm fine-boned tannins. For a steak. Inner quote mark (10/2020)

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