Some wines truly define “Killer Cab,” and this one is it. Since it was first introduced in 2010, Chris Upchurch’s DeLille Estate “Four Flags” Cabernet has received an average score of 95 in The Wine Advocate, and was once named Seattle Times “Wine of The Year.”
It’s a blend of four of the greatest sites on Red Mountain, itself the greatest AVA for Cabernet Sauvignon in Washington State. Upchurch describes the four sites this way: “Grand Ciel demonstrates a seamless purity of Cabernet fruit with cassis and Herbes de Provence – what I like to call a “Cabernet popsicle.” Ciel du Cheval has much shallower soils and gives us minerality and “Pauillac” graphite flavors along with blueberry flavors. Klipsun is at the bottom of the Red Mountain AVA and has deeper soils. Klipsun fruit is very rich and ripe, creating concentrated wines with plum brandy nuances. Upchurch Vineyard has a definite floral aspect to it, coming from clone 2 Cabernet Sauvignon, offering violets and faded roses along with rich fruit.”
One of the gems in the lineup is the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Four Flags. This thrilling, sensational Cabernet Sauvignon has a beautiful perfume of red currants, spice box, new leather, and dried flowers. Medium to full-bodied, seamless, and thrillingly textured, it offers balance, remarkable purity, and a finish that won’t quit. While Red Mountain is known for producing powerful, structured wines, this is all about finesse and elegance. It will drink nicely for two decades.