DeLille Cellars Chaleur Estate Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend 2014

$22.99

Bright, light yellow. Alluring aromas of stone fruits, pineapple, honey, smoked meat and lees, with complicating notes of pine needles and forest floor. Fat, layered and sweet, boasting terrific fruit concentration and a hint of dried fig from the Semillon... A wonderfully rich, fine-grained white wine with sexy leesy complexity. Stephen Tanzer, Vinous Media

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Ratings on Delectable

David Shaw Delectable Pro

Pale yellow white in color, excellent clarity. Sulfur, dried apricot, wood and cheese rind notes in nose. (Thanks to previous tasters, it's a ringer for the rind of a hard dry cheese like a Parmigiano Reggiano - all that extended contact with creamy lees). Apricot, pumpkin, lemon juice flavors, medium bodied. Crisp finish with lactic and citrus-orange undertones. Mild astringency across most of tongue. Pleasing balance of acid and alcohol. In the mouth, you get something a bit like the smell from the inside of a Halloween jack o'lantern (paraffin wax candle included) or an oven baked acorn squash with real Parmesan cheese in it. The 25% Semillon character comes through in the richer flavors and more syrupy mouthfeel. Elegant wine, makes a statement, or certainly reflects the winemaking effort. Not sure I love it, but it is well made and aims at being something refined and distinct. Give it a chance. Cries out for roast chicken or simple rustic cuisine, though I'll probably sip away at it the rest of the evening and think about autumn and shorter days...

Pale yellow white in color, excellent clarity. Sulfur, dried apricot, wood and cheese rind notes in nose. (Thanks to previous tasters, it's a ringer for the rind of a hard dry cheese like a Parmigiano Reggiano - all that extended contact with creamy lees). Apricot, pumpkin, lemon juice flavors, medium bodied. Crisp finish with lactic and citrus-orange undertones. Mild astringency across most of tongue. Pleasing balance of acid and alcohol. In the mouth, you get something a bit like the smell from the inside of a Halloween jack o'lantern (paraffin wax candle included) or an oven baked acorn squash with real Parmesan cheese in it. The 25% Semillon character comes through in the richer flavors and more syrupy mouthfeel. Elegant wine, makes a statement, or certainly reflects the winemaking effort. Not sure I love it, but it is well made and aims at being something refined and distinct. Give it a chance. Cries out for roast chicken or simple rustic cuisine, though I'll probably sip away at it the rest of the evening and think about autumn and shorter days...

9.2

Jeremy Carroll

The winery pours this last... after the Reds. They call it the white wine for red wine drinkers. That's pretty accurate.

The winery pours this last... after the Reds. They call it the white wine for red wine drinkers. That's pretty accurate.

9.1

Geoff Troup Delectable Pro

Sales Eder Brothers, Cellar Fine Wines

Tremendous heaviness and weighty texture. More on the earthy side. Young and austere.

Tremendous heaviness and weighty texture. More on the earthy side. Young and austere.

9.0

Kelsey Morrison Delectable Pro

Yummy! Great way to start my work week in Seattle.

Yummy! Great way to start my work week in Seattle.

9.2

Andy Christiansen Delectable Pro

Full-throttle, new world, oaky Sauvignon Blanc done right.

Full-throttle, new world, oaky Sauvignon Blanc done right.

9.2

Will Bean

Give this wine some age and it really hits a sweet spot!

Give this wine some age and it really hits a sweet spot!

9.1

Tom Casagrande Delectable Pro

Buttery, earthy, waxy nose with a note of burnt toast. Although it’s 75% Sauvignon and only 25% Semillon, it tastes and smells like the percentages are reversed. Intense, rich bitter pear and toast flavors. Very full bodied. Finish lingers quite a while. Very good, though probably not everyone’s’cup of tea.

Buttery, earthy, waxy nose with a note of burnt toast. Although it’s 75% Sauvignon and only 25% Semillon, it tastes and smells like the percentages are reversed. Intense, rich bitter pear and toast flavors. Very full bodied. Finish lingers quite a while. Very good, though probably not everyone’s’cup of tea.

8.9

Steve Tishco

Really enjoyable

Really enjoyable

9.1

Johan Ballin

Brown butter, sage, and dill on the nose. Honey and subtle wood on the palate.

Brown butter, sage, and dill on the nose. Honey and subtle wood on the palate.

9.3

Steve Anderson

A nice surprise in tough company. As we remembered @Alec White, it was nice to have him there in spirit with a bottle he had given to one of the group. Nice Sauv Blanc/Semillon blend.

A nice surprise in tough company. As we remembered @Alec White, it was nice to have him there in spirit with a bottle he had given to one of the group. Nice Sauv Blanc/Semillon blend.

9.1

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