2007 Delille Cellars Doyenne Aix Proprietary Red

Year: 2007
Appellation: Columbia Valley
Country: USA - Washington
Wine Spectator: 90
Wine Advocate: 92
Vinous Media: 92
Red Wine
Price :
$23.95
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"Dark and juicy, a lively mouthful of plum, spice and mineral flavors that remain jazzy through the long, vivid finish. Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2013. 2,100 cases made. " (WS)

"The 2007 Aix is made up of 61% Syrah, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 4% Mourvedre sourced entirely from the Red Mountain AVA. It gives up a splendid, slightly exotic nose of smoke, spice box, lavender, grilled meat, black currant, and plum. Forward, plush, and spicy, this full-flavored, pleasure-bent offering can be enjoyed now and over the next 6-8 years.

Doyenne is the sister label of DeLille Cellars and is used for Rhone varieties. This year only 4 wines were presented (along with a repeat of the 2006 Grand Ciel Vineyard Syrah which was as good as I remembered it)." (WA)

"($37; a 61/35 blend of syrah and cabernet sauvignon, with 4% mourvedre from Red Mountain) Bright medium ruby. Lively aromas of dark berries, graphite and violet. Sweet, creamy and generous, but with lovely lift to the blackberry, spice and pepper flavors. At once expressive and serious wine, with the concentration and balance to improve in bottle." (IWC)

"Have you discovered Washington wine yet? If not, you are missing out on the United States’ second largest and, arguably highest value wine region. Cabernet seems to be firmly planted as the premier grape but Syrah is not far behind in terms of quality, if not popularity. Doyenne, the Rhone blend label of Delille Cellars, has created a wine that’s the best of both worlds, blending 35% Cabernet with 61% Syrah and a splash of Mourvèdre.

Vineyards rule in Washington as winegrowers have chosen to focus on building the reputation of the places the grapes are grown almost more than the brand of the wine. Over half of the grapes in Doyenne’s Aix Proprietary Red come from the famed Ciel du Cheval vineyard in Washington’s Red Mountain AVA. That pedigree certainly comes through as this wine pours a dense deep red, almost black color in the glass. Syrah and Cabernet lovers alike will enjoy this one, with the Cabernet contributing elegance and focus and the Syrah, broad, rich textures and flavors. Alluring aromas of mocha and smoky beef come through on the nose with the plush palate featuring dark fruit and nice mineral flavors, so often a trait of Washington wines.

This is a spectacular value at $27 and a wine I will seek out in subsequent vintages. I’m already seeing the benefits of point one of my New Years Resolutions – more variety. If you weren’t already drinking Washington wine, I would encourage you to do the same." (Nickel & Dime)

SECOND POST:

"If you’re not on board the U.S. Rhone Ranger train, start running, because it’s leaving the station! By “leaving the station”, I mean that the prices are about to go up as this moves from the fringe to the mainstream. Delille’s sister label, Doyenne, is reserved exclusively for Rhone varietals and every one of their reds that I’ve tasted is absolutely awesome. Below are my impressions of the Doyenne wines I’ve tasted so far. These wines can be shipped across the country and the prices are way low. Look for more as I try the rest of their lineup.

Doyenne Aix Proprietary Red 2007 – $23.95 (ST92, WA92, WS90) The wine that got me hooked on Doyenne is called AIX, a blend of Syrah, Cabernet and Mourvedre. I thought AIX was a spectacular value when I wrote it up at $27. This 92 pointer is now down to $24, making it an even better value. It’s the very definition of why blending makes great wine. Complex flavors complemented by rich oak, make for an all around killer package.

Doyenne Metier Red 2008 – $29.95 (ST92) All I can say is BUY THIS WINE. It’s 40% Grenache, 40% Mourvedre and 20% Syrah and if you threw a Chateauneuf-du-Pape label on this wine, it would sell for $60. Plain and simple. Impeccable balance makes this a standout amongst some truly fantastic wines. In addition to the balance, it’s deeply concentrated and complex. Wow. Absolutely incredible.

Doyenne Syrah 2007 375ml – $19.95 (RP94, WE93, WS90) Concentrated but without the overripe flavors of some warmer climate Syrah, this polished wine is black in color with firm tannins built for aging. Chocolate and bacon combine for a rich, mouth coating palate. This wine pretty much summarizes the reason why wine writers have been singing the praises of the Syrah grape for years. The floral, lengthy finish rounds out a world class package.

To give you an idea of how serious I am about Doyenne wines, I’ve already purchased 4 bottles of the 2008 AIX without any scores. These are top notch wines at exceptionally fair prices." (Nickel & Dime)

Winery Notes:
Tasting Notes:
The 2007 Aix is a wine-lover’s wine, with charm to spare. On the nose, black fruits, a wide array of spices, and a hint of lavender come to the fore, with deep smoky and earthy accents from the syrah. The palate is delicate and mouth-watering, with tones of black raspberries, plum, pomegranate, and earth featured. The structure of the Cabernet Sauvignon shines through in the mid-palate and finish. This wine will be delicious upon release and be able to lie down nicely for 5-8 years.

Varietal Blend:
61% Syrah

35% Cabernet Sauvignon

4% Mourvèdre

Vineyard Breakdown:
36% Ciel du Cheval Syrah

16% Grand Ciel Syrah

9% Kiona Vineyard Syrah

20% Ciel du Cheval

Cabernet Sauvignon

15% Grand Ciel Cabernet Sauvignon

4% Ciel du Cheval Mourvèdre