Red

2002 DeLille Cellars Chaleur Estate

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • USA
  • Washington
  • Columbia Valley
  • Red Mountain
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Community Tasting Notes 49

  • SeattleKen Likes this wine:

    February 1, 2022 - Deep youthful color. Nose is stewed blackberries and dirt. Palate is dark fruits and a bit of spice (cinnamon?). I’d call the plentiful tannins “dusty” but that works only if that adjective can include a TON of dust (maybe “fine grained chunky” is more apt). The tannins don’t overpower the ripe New World ripe black fruit, but you’ll certainly notice them, especially in the puckering finish. After it’s been open a few hours, the tannins oddly settle down a bit. There is some older cedar and leather notes. There’s also a nice dollop of back-of-the-palate spice and fruit suggesting that it could evolve into something interesting. Nevertheless, I wouldn’t sit on this bottle. I like this wine but it just makes me crave a less fruity Bordeaux for basic food preparations like I prefer. But it would probably pair amazingly with a glazed grilled beef or pork dish. If you like mature New World Bordeaux blends, drink this now.

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  • hsacks Likes this wine: 93 points

    April 27, 2021 - Similar to the 7/18 bottle. Lots of chocolate and black fruits! Drink up!

  • phandley66 Likes this wine: 91 points

    December 5, 2020 - I liked this wine a lot. Thought it still has some life left. Lots of cherry, with some tobacco/leather notes. Not overly tannic, but firm. Not a super nuanced wine by any stretch, but quite tasty and powerful. personally, I think it could have another 10 years in it but wouldn’t hesitate to drink it now.

  • grossie Likes this wine: 89 points

    September 9, 2020 - Nice color, tending to purple. Fruity nose but not particularly expressive. Big body, still some tannins and good acidity. This is a bit of a "hard" wine. I don't think it softens with more time, I think it will lose its fruit and just become hard without fruit. It's good, it's not great. No regrets about drinking this now. Some regret about paying $54 in 2005 for this, better values abound!

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  • korkd wrote: 94 points

    August 22, 2020 - Bought 3 at auction, all were good but this was the best. Despite a soft cork it was brilliant. Balanced, dark fruit. Not huge signs of age, no rust tinge, just tasty.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    November/December 2005, IWC Issue #123 (link)

    (DeLille Estate Chaleur Estate Red Wine Red Mountain) Subscribe to see review text.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2002
  • Type Red
  • Producer DeLille Cellars
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation Chaleur Estate
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region Washington
  • SubRegion Columbia Valley
  • Appellation Red Mountain

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 365 (50%)
  • Consumed 370 (50%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

Ham and Leg of Lamb., VS occasion!!!

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