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Professional Ratings: 95 Wine Spectator, 94 The Wine Advocate, 94 Wine Enthusiast, 93 Wine & Spirits, 92 International Wine Cellar
Region: Columbia Valley, Washington
Varietal: Bordeaux Red Blends
Other Info: Collectible Wines
Style: Big & Bold
Alcohol By Volume: 14.7%
Item no. 99800
The promise, complex fruit, and mineral qualities already apparent in this wine are easily seen after the wine has been open for a few hours. Most of the wines when young show much better after they have been open for four to eight hours. This wine is no exception. My partner in the Two Blondes vineyard who knows my wines better than I says this is the best wine made at Andrew Will, and while I don't put much belief in the idea of "best" wine, I am very happy with the path this wine is taking. We like it now but think 4 to 25 years in the cellar.
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Tight, focused and distinctive, this sharp-edged wine shows ripe currant, spice, tobacco and coffee flavors that sneak up on you. They start slow but swirl through the mildly grippy tannins into a long, expressive finish, making for a beautifully compact and complex wine. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2011 through 2018.
The 2006 Sorella is produced from Block 1 of the Champoux Vineyard and is the winery's flagship. It is composed of 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, and 4% Petit Verdot. Saturated purple in color, the nose offers up an enticing mix of pain grille, pencil lead, espresso, incense, black currant, and blackberry. Already complex, this layered, fleshy, intensely flavored effort will benefit from another 4-6 years of cellaring and will have a drinking window extending from 2013 to 2026.
All Champoux vineyard fruit, this Bordeaux blend—71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 8% Cab Franc, 4% Petit Verdot—is fragrant, textural, and complex. Proportionate and showing a lush panoply of fruits, chocolate and baking spices, it’s both accessible and structured for medium-term aging. A lovely companion to the winery's Ciel du Cheval.
Chris Camarda produced his flagship wine from the oldest blocks of Champoux Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills (their average age is 30 years). It's more than two-thirds cabernet sauvignon this year, with the balance merlot, cabernet franc and petit verdot. The age of the vines may account, in part, for the formidable power of this wine, brooding and distant, like a thunderhead on the horizon. For now, it reveals little beyond scents of graphite, juniper and pine, with a dark and fleshy fruit character. Give it several years for the primary fruit to mature, then serve with braised lamb.
Bright ruby-red. Higher-pitched and more perfumed aromas than the 2007: cherry, spices, lavender and white pepper. Then sweet, firm and tangy in the mouth, with firm acids framing the cherry flavor. The impression of stronger acidity gives drive to the wine, but it also displays a velvety-smooth texture and conveys a strong impression of extract. Finishes bright, long and firmly structured. The 2007 may be denser wine, but this is serious and long too...