The name refers to the French highway designation for the Bordeaux wine route. DeLille's D2 is the second label for their flagship Chaleur Estate red. In recent years, it has included not only declassified Chaleur Estate, but some extra juice from Harrison Hill as well. It's always a lovely wine, forward, fruit-filled, warm and generous. The '98 is ripe and forward, with a little bit of heat in the finish. Clean and straightforward, without the extra layers of depth one finds in the Chaleur Estate.
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.