Two 2009s from Andrew Will (Redux)

Hello friends. Andrew Will just released their 2010 single vineyard wines. Rather than chase those right away, I inquired after reoffer possibilities on some list favorites from the 2009 vintage. With another year in bottle, these beauties from the warm, fleshy 2009 vintage are unfurling, opening into beautiful expressions of Champoux Vineyard:

2009 Andrew Will Champoux Vineyard

Originally offered on June 12, 2012. My original notes: “The blend here is 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Cabernet Franc, 11% Merlot, and 7% Petit Verdot, from Champoux vines averaging 30 years of age. It sees about two years in barrel, all French, 35% new. A classic Champoux nose of black fruit and graphite leads us into a wine with gorgeous layering of fruit: crème de cassis, kirsch, and even venturing into some stone fruits and tropical fruits: a thrilling pastiche to behold. All of that fruit is cut with veins of graphite minerality, and this picks up incredible steam over the mid-palate and rolls into a chewy, black-tea-laden, ripe-tannin finish. This buckled my knees with its overt deliciousness.”

That offering included a 93pt review from Paul Gregutt in Wine Enthusiast. Since then, a few more reviews have been published:

Wine Advocate (David Schildknecht): “($62); [REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 93pts.”

International Wine Cellar (Stephen Tanzer): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 93pts.”

2009 Andrew Will “Sorella” (Champoux Vineyard)

Originally offered on June 12, 2012. My original notes: “Sorella, as it always does, comes only from the oldest sections of Champoux Vineyard (Block 1, Block 3, Circle Block), and the average vine age is 33 years, ancient by Washington standards. The elevage is the same as the Champoux: 35% new French oak for just shy of two years. The blend, however, differs: this is much more Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant, at 65% of the blend. It’s rounded out with 23% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Petit Verdot. The nose is black, black, black: tar, graphite, and blackberry fruit. The palate is ultra-intense and concentrated, with loads of minerality and structure. It’s massive, a total powerhouse, and of the broad 09 lineup, this is perhaps the one that truly would benefit from some bottle age. A breathtaking example of the power and grace of old-vine Champoux Cabernet.”

That offering included a 95pt review from Paul Gregutt in Wine Enthusiast. Since then, a few more reviews have been published:

Review of Washington Wines (Rand Sealey): “($78); [REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 19.5/20pts.”

International Wine Cellar (Stephen Tanzer): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 94pts.”

First come first served up to 24 bottles total (mix and match as you like), and the wines should arrive in about a week, at which point they will be available for pickup or shipping during the spring shipping window.

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