DeLille 2003 Chaleur Estate Red (Columbia Valley (WA))
Powerful, youthful and still a bit raw, the newest release of DeLille's signature red blend shows a range of fruit from cherry and blackberry to dark notes of raisin and balsamic. It's still melding together its aggressive barrel toast, showing good structure and balance for long-term aging. Despite its almost 15% alcohol, it is balanced and even. Paul Gregutt
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