Only one of two Washington wineries to make the 2023 Top 100, the Métier also underscores an extreme value as the best-priced Cabernet Sauvignon on the list
Woodinville, Wash.,–Nov. 30, 2023—When DeLille Cellars launched its approachable, affordable Métier tier of wines in 2022 on the winery’s 30th anniversary, little did it know its 2021 Métier Cabernet Sauvignon would earn a coveted placement as one of Wine Spectator magazine’s Top 100 wines of the world for 2023. The magazine released its full, Top 100 list this week to subscribers, highlighting DeLille Cellars on the world stage for a fifth time since 2007.
Perched at number 66, the 91-point-scoring 2021 Métier Cabernet Sauvignon represents only one of two Washington wines to make the list and reflects a remarkable value when compared to its Cabernet Sauvignon list mates (whose next lowest price shows a Chilean cab at $75). While DeLille typically focuses on single-vineyard varietal bottlings, for the Métier Cabernet Sauvignon its fruit hailed from vineyards in the Candy Mountain, Wahluke Slope and Horse Heaven Hills American Viticultural Areas (AVAs).
“It is always an honor to have Wine Spectator award one of our wines a Top 100 in the world,” said DeLille Cellars’ Director of Viticulture and Enology Jason Gorski. “This time, with just the second vintage of Metier Cabernet Sauvignon, the recognition feels even more special.”
Tim Fish, Wine Spectator reviewer whose beat includes Washington State, published his initial 91-point review of the 2021 Métier Cabernet Sauvignon in the magazine’s Nov. 15 edition, noting the wine “offers good energy and refined flavors of blackberry, dusky spices and black olive that build structure toward medium-grained tannins.” In its Top 100 highlight, the magazine gave a nod to DeLille founders Chris Upchurch, Jay Soloff, and brothers Greg and Charles Lill, and called DeLille “one of Washington State’s most prominent wineries.”
“We have a 30-year history producing acclaimed wines that showcase our love for Washington fruit and the belief that the Columbia Valley is a world-class wine growing region. We believe in the quality and unrivaled potential of the Columbia Valley and are excited to show customers how special this place is,” said Chief Executive Officer Tom Dugan. “Our hope is that Métier will be the beginning of someone’s Washington wine journey.”
DeLille produced 16,000 cases and the wine is available in 42 states through their distribution network. Now with a Wine Spectator Top 100, it is poised to sell quickly.
For those thinking of holiday gifts, the 2021 Métier Cabernet Sauvignon is still in stock and available directly to consumers through DeLille Cellars’ website here.
About DeLille Cellars
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DeLille Cellars, founded in 1992, is the oldest operating winery in Woodinville, WA, with winemaking and hospitality operations at the Old Redhook Brewery in the Hollywood District of Woodinville Wine Country. Known for pioneering Bordeaux-style blends from Washington State, the winery has maintained a tradition of quality and excellence with over 800 individual 90+ ratings from leading publications. DeLille Cellars and sources grapes from Washington’s most acclaimed vineyards. The winery is recognized by notable wine critics and influencers as one of the top producers in the state. DeLille recently received its fifth Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines award (2007, 2018, 2020, 2022, and now 2023) and fifth Wine & Spirits Top 100 Winery award (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2022). To learn more about DeLille Cellars, visit www.delillecellars.com.