2008 Andrew Will Two Blondes Vineyard Redux

Hello friends. Because of our list’s steady support for the winery, our friends at Andrew Will have offered us a wonderful deal today: the entire remaining stash of one of their beautiful single-vineyard wines, at a head-turning tariff:

Wine Advocate (Jay Miller): “($58); [REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 93pts.”

Review of Washington Wines (Rand Sealey): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 19+/20pts.”

This is a wine that began its life at a price point close to $XX, and now we’re able to nudge the tariff to just below $XX, a hefty chunk lower than anyone else in the country that I could find.

I’ve always been especially fond of Andrew Will’s Two Blondes bottling. First, it’s the only estate fruit in the portfolio, from a 30-acre Yakima Valley site planted in 2000 and tended carefully by vineyard manager Chris Hoon. Here is the vineyard map, and much of this wine comes from the Angle Block.

Second, it has always struck me as the most immediately-accessible of the Andrew Will single-vineyard lineup. I enjoy drinking Two Blondes young, for its luscious fruit character, its easy generosity. Here we’re accessing it five years past vintage. Perfect. While the rest of the world gets ready to order the 2010 vintage of Two Blondes (part of Andrew Will’s upcoming spring release), we’ll take the vintage that’s been slumbering quietly for a couple years in the cellars of Andrew Will’s Vashon Island winery.

That extra slumber has ramped up the complexity considerably. While there is still a pure core of succulent berry and cherry fruit, beautiful subtleties abound: sanguine iron notes, spicy Spanish pimenton agridulce, caffeinated notes of black tea and espresso. Texturally, the extra couple years have softened up the tannins. Those that remain are fine-grained and contribute to an overall impression of class, balance, and grace.

Please limit order requests to 6 bottles, and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests. The wine should arrive in about a week, at which point it will be ready for pickup or shipping during the spring shipping window.

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