DeLille Cellars: Celebrating 25 years of Washington wine

DeLille Cellars Estate Vineyard, Grand Ciel, Red Mountain AVA, WA.
This year marks a very special one for DeLille Cellars in Washington State. The winery is celebrating its 25th year of making wine. March 22nd kicks off a yearlong celebration of this Woodinville winery.

The winery was established in 1992. Chris Upchurch is the co-founder and executive winemaker. DeLille focuses on Bordeaux blends with a commitment to creating the best wines that the Columbia Valley especially Red Mountain and Yakima AVAs have to offer. Prior to 1992 most Washington wineries were predominately making the single varietals of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. DeLille was one of the first to begin creating Bordeaux blends. The first two wines produced represented the left bank, a Cabernet Sauvignon focused wine and the right bank with the D2, a wine that centered on Merlot.

DeLille Cellars Chateau, Woodinville WA

DeLille Cellars Chateau, Woodinville WA. Photo Courtesy of DeLille Cellars

Honoring the celebration I was able to try the DeLille Cellars 2014 D2. This is a Bordeaux blend of primarily Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. The name D2 symbolizes the Grand Route Du Vin, the great wine road that travels through Bordeaux. D2 pays homage to the great wineries along this road. The grapes come from Washington’s top 15 vineyards including DeVille’s Grand Ciel, an estate vineyard on Red Mountain. The wine is aged in French Oak 55% new for 18 months. The aromas are those of tobacco and mocha. The flavors are dark fruits including plum and blackberries with hints of tobacco, mocha, cedar, and vanilla.

DeLille Cellars D2

DeLille Cellars D2

If you are in Washington and want to join in the 25th-anniversary celebrations, the following are some of the winery activities one can expect throughout the year.

DeLille Cellars Celebration Events:

Vine to Wine Inaugural Dinner:  Wednesday, March 22nd at the DeLille Cellars Chateau

Spring Barrel Tasting: Saturday and Sunday, May 20th & 21st at the DeLille Cellars Winery and Production Facility

Rosé Picnic: Sunday, June 25th at the DeLille Cellars Chateau

End of Summer Blanc Party:  Sunday, August 27th at the DeLille Cellars Carriage House Tasting Room

DeVille Cellars has two tasting rooms and each is offering celebration specials throughout the year.

Special Offers at the Carriage House Tasting Room in Woodinville:

  • Quarterly drawing to win a D2 6 Liter for the price of a 750ml
  • Winemaker Fridays (the second Friday of each month): Special tasting from 4-6 PM with a member of the DeLille Cellars Winemaking Team
  • Special offers during Taste Washington and Washington Wine Months in March and August on current vintage D2, Chaleur Blanc and Four Flags Cabernet Sauvignon

Special Offers at Maison DeLille Wine Lounge in Kirkland:

  • Wine Wednesdays: $10 glass pours of D2
  • Throwback Thursdays: By-the-glass specials on library vintages

For more information on the 25th Anniversary events click here.

Please Note:  The featured photo of DeLille Cellars’ Estate Vineyard, Grand Ciel, Red Mountain AVA, WA is courtesy of DeLille Cellars