Hello friends. Is it really over?
Today’s offering is (sniffle) our last of Andrew Will’s remarkable lineup of single-vineyard bottlings from the lovely 2007 vintage. It began last July, with Ciel du Cheval. In August, we offered Champoux and Sorella (Sorella is also from Champoux Vineyard). And then last month we offered Discovery Vineyard (admittedly not under the main Andrew Will label, but darn close in quality). For the grand finale, we have the one wine in the Andrew Will lineup from estate fruit; the one wine that Chris Camarda manages from grape to bottle.
Planted in 2000 here in the heart of the Yakima Valley adjacent to Sheridan Vineyard, Two Blondes is a vineyard coming into its own as the vines dig deeper into the rich subsoils of the Yak, and the 2007 vintage sets a new high-water mark for this bottling:
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (Jay Miller): “($58); [REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 94pts.”
Wine Enthusiast (Paul Gregutt): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 94pts.”
As with most of the single-vineyard bottlings, the new oak is dialed down here, at just 35%. For me, this is a sign of confidence in the depth of character inherent in the fruit here, and it helps allow the fullest expression of the vineyard to come through. The Ciel bottling shows the elegance of Red Mountain; the Champoux bottling shows the dark power of the Horse Heaven Hills; and this, this transparently, honestly shows the palate-staining intensity and balance of the greater Yakima Valley.
No need to rehash the aroma and flavor profiles mentioned above. I want to focus instead on the head-turning texture. The first thing you notice about this wine is that it is mouthcoatingly strong across the entire palate. Immediately pleasurable on the attack, it gains steam across the mid-palate and is going full throttle by the time it reaches the never-ending finish. The tannin management here is beyond classy, and the resulting grapeskin tannins are blasted into fine-grained, delicious oblivion.
Please limit order requests to 9 bottles, and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests. The wine should arrive in 1-2 weeks, at which point it will be available for pickup or shipping.