2008 Delille Cellars Chaleur Estate Blanc 375 ml

Year: 2008
Appellation: Columbia Valley
Country: USA - Washington
Wine Spectator: 90
Vinous Media: 93
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"Polished in texture, with a smoky barrel-fermented feel to the pineapple and pear flavors, lingering enticingly on the citrusy finish. Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon. Drink now through 2012. 2,400 cases made." (WS)

"($34; a 62/38 blend of sauvignon blanc and semillon) Sexy aromas of orange blossom and almond, plus a whiff of Rainier cherry. Sweet, concentrated and fat, with a subtle honeyed quality to the sexy fruit and smoke flavors. A leesy complexity adds to the wine's appeal. This boasts terrific intensity for Washington State white wine and finishes with superb persistence. The percentage of new oak used for this cuvee has declined steadily from 100% in 2005 to 60% in this 2008, and I applaud this strategy." (IWC)

Winery Notes:
This vintage of Chaleur Estate Blanc features grapefruit, gooseberry, orange blossom, and a bit of straw on the nose, with hints of grilled brioche and toasted almonds brought in by the barrel fermentation. Spring citrus notes of ruby grapefruit and gooseberry lead the rich and unctuous palate, supported by Sémillon-inpired notes of honey and fig. The finish echoes on with honey, crème brulée, and grilled nuts, along with subtle tropical fruits.

Varietal Blend:
62% Sauvignon Blanc

38% Semillon

Vineyard Breakdown:
37% Boushey Sauvignon Blanc

15% Sagemoor Sauvignon Blanc

10% Klipsun Sauvignon Blanc

38% Boushey Semillon