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    Andrew Will Winery Ciel du Cheval 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends - Yakima Valley, Washington

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    • ST93
    Price: $63.00
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    Wine.com Quick Facts

    Professional Ratings: 95 Wine Enthusiast, 93 The Wine Advocate, 93 International Wine Cellar, 92 Wine Spectator

    Region: Yakima Valley, Washington

    Varietal: Bordeaux Red Blends

    Other Info: Collectible Wines

    Style: Big & Bold

    Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

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    • 16%

    Item no. 99801

    Winemaker's Notes:

    A blend of 19% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Cabernet Franc, 40% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot.

    We were right to hold this wine back from it's usual release date in the early fall. Already, it is starting to show the startling balance and beautiful austerity which are the hallmarks for Ciel du Cheval wines. Each year, we experience the paradox of perfectly ripened Merlot and Cabernet Franc in this warmer Cabernet site. This year is no exception. This wine has an almost obsessive appeal. For me the difficulty in describing the qualities in the wine is best overcome if the wine is seen as something magical and taken for that.

    Critical Acclaim:

    This is darn near perfect, a matchless expression of berries, dotted with chocolate, vanilla and butterscotch. The berry flavors, highlighted with crisp acids, strike a pure note and ring true over a long, long finish. The blend is 40% Merlot, 37% Cab Franc, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot. Great concentration, finesse and length.

    95 Points
    Wine Enthusiast

    The 2006 Ciel du Cheval, from the Red Mountain AVA known for its tannic, age-worthy fruit, is purple-colored with a fragrant perfume of cedar, smoke, black currant and blackberry liqueur. This is followed by a medium to full-bodied wine with outstanding depth and grip, mouth coating flavors, and a lengthy finish. The well-concealed tannins suggest that it will evolve for 4-6 years and drink well through 2026.

    93 Points
    The Wine Advocate

    Bright ruby-red. Raspberry, redcurrant, minerals and dried herbs on the nose; less high-toned than the 2005. Juicy, bright and intense, with lovely precision to its primary flavors. Offers a terrific tight core of fruit and harmonious ripe acidity. A step up from the earlier vintage in lift. Finishes broad, with very suave tannins.

    93 Points
    International Wine Cellar

    Supple, generous and sharply focused, delivering a complex mouthful of cherry and plum fruit with elements of dried flowers, exotic spices and savory, meaty notes competing for attention. A nice lift of acidity drives the finish, which lingers impressively. Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2016.

    92 Points
    Wine Spectator
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    User Reviews:

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    Wolfmagic 2012 (12/2/2011)
    I've only got one left! Golly I wish I could get more of this!
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    thatrick (4/7/2011)
    I am digging this wine. Drinking wonderfully now. Soft and smooth on the palate with a medium long finish. Well balanced and would love to have more.
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