Most of Lot18's iPhone developers attended WWDC, and after an incredible week learning all the wonderful new Apple technology we can use in our apps, I winged north to Seattle to visit family.
My daughter had suggested we visit Woodinville for a wine tasting, and I immediately suggested DeLille as I had previously experienced their wines at work.
We stopped into their cute "carriage house" tasting room, and were warmly greeted by Deb Stadelman, Carriage House Manager. As she proceeded with the pour, Deb explained the unique characteristics for each of the five wines we enjoyed.
My favorite was the 2011 Doyenne Rosé, a wine style I normally avoid like the plague! It was quite dry, yet had lots of ripe red fruit aromas and flavors. My second favorite was the Doyenne AIX, which reminded me of the wines I had enjoyed during my last trip to Provence. My daughter's absolute favorite was the D2.
When I questioned Deb as to why their 2009 Chaleur Estate cost nearly twice the price of the D2, I learned something new. Wineries pay vineyards by the harvest per acre, and for this wine half the grapes are dropped early. That means fewer bunches per vine, which allows the remaining grapes to become more flavorful.
Now back in New York, I cannot wait until Lot18 offers DeLille wines again!
Notes from the winery on the wines we tasted:
--- Doyenne Rosé ---
The cool and late 2010 vintage resulted in crisp, focused, and aromatic white wines, which carried over to the 2010 rosé as well. There is considerably more Cinsault that the previous vintage, resulting in a beautiful, pink-salmon color. This rosé features fruit-forward aromas of strawberry, melon, and nectarine along with subtle herb and anise tones. The palate is bright, refreshing and silky with mixed berries and orange peel notes. A delicious wine that is great for chicken dishes, salmon or just by itself.
--- Doyenne AIX ---
The black-magenta color reveals the first hints of the size and power of this blockbuster wine. The massive bouquet of raspberries, anise, cardamom wood spice and smoke reinforce the power of the vintage. Deep and complex, there is an mélange of red fruits including raspberries, pomegranates and strawberries. The cassis and espresso notes unfold from the Cabernet Sauvignon layered with raspberries, black pepper and nutmeg from the Syrah. This is a classically hedonistic, juicy, richly flavored AIX that showcases the generous aspects of the vintage.
--- 2009 DeLille D2 ---
The impression on the nose is immediate with aromas of fresh cherries, cinnamon, plum brandy, mocha chocolate, fennel seed and cigar box. The array of bright nuances continues on the palate with classic Bordeaux blend flavors of black currants, black cherries, blueberries and mint. There are also delicate hints of black pepper, brown butter and toasty oak flavors that combine with rich and juicy mouth watering balance continuing through the lengthy finish delivering yet another delicious D2 vintage.
--- 2009 DeLille Chaleur Estate ---
This wine showcases a rich and powerful vintage. The nose unfolds in layers of red, black and blueberry fruits highlighted with plums, allspice, anise, and jasmine. There is also an intriguing element reminiscent of a toasty, flaky pie crust to the wine along with pepper and cocoa aromas. On the palate, the complexity continues with the addition of raspberries, red currants, cedar and pie cherries reinforced with more plums, anise and cocoa. Every sip is wrapped in accessible and savory tannins. There is a beautiful yet youthful balance to the wine with a seamless finish.