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DeLille Cellars Doyenne Aix 2008

I recently had the chance to share a bottle of the 2008 Doyenne Aix from Washington producer DeLille Cellars. It’s marketed as a Provence-style blend, comprising 61% Syrah, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Mourvèdre and 1% Cinsault.

Doyenne Aix 2008The wine is big and bold but is not over the top. The tannins are not too aggressive, making the wine approachable. The Syrah brings a whack of dark fruit and cedary spice and the classic cassis that you’d expect from the Cabernet is very evident. There was a herbal, fresh edge although the 14.8% alcohol did show a bit on the finish.

The label is a depiction of the Red Mountain Vineyard in the Yakima Valley, by ZZ Wei.

 

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