Chaleur Estate is one of the flagship wines of Delille Cellars, a Woodinville, Washington winery. This wine is a cabernet-focused Bordeaux blend with the majority of its fruit coming from Ciel du Cheval Vineyard on Red Mountain. The winery’s website lists the 2001 vintage of this wine as a “Drink” wine, and I would concur. While the 2001 Chaleur Estate is drinking well and appears to have some time left, I do not see it getting any better than it is at present.







Delille Cellars Chaleur Estate 2001

Light in color and very cloudy. Lots of pencil lead on the nose along with wet stone, and black licorice. Richly textured, coating the palate with dark fruit and abundant pencil lead. 63% Cabernet; 26% Merlot; 9% Cab Franc; 2% Petit Verdot. Predominantly Ciel du Cheval and Klipsun vineyards. 1,150 cases produced.