2011 Andrew Will Sorella

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Hello friends. “A knee buckling nose.” That was my first note on the new Andrew Will Sorella. The note goes on to mention the alluring mix of roses and graphite, of blackcurrant and mint; the gorgeous pure palate; the way this glides on a suave attack and mid-palate, only to pick up steam and roll into a chewy, smoky, black tea-laden finish. The 2011 is an extremely pretty vintage for Sorella, and this was a challenging vintage for making pretty wines.

As I dug into the research a little more, I quickly learned that I wasn’t the only one seduced.

Let’s begin with Sean Sullivan’s review, to which I’ll append a quick note: out of the 1265 reviews Sean Sullivan has published for Wine Enthusiast to date, only a single wine has a stronger review (2012 Avennia Syrah Arnaut; 95pts) and only four wines have equivalent 94pt reviews. This is a real vote of confidence from Mr. S.: Wine Enthusiast (Sean Sullivan): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 94pts.”

Wine Advocate (Jeb Dunnuck): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 95pts.”

Wine & Spirits (Patrick Comiskey): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 95pts.”

This vintage of Sorella is a blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot. It comes (as it always does) entirely from older blocks at Champoux Vineyard. In this case the vines average 35 years old. It spent 18 months in barrel and has now spent another 2 years in bottle. Listed alcohol is 13%. It is without question one of the most successful bottles to come out of the challenging 2011 harvest in Washington.

Please limit order requests to 36 bottles, and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests. The wine should arrive in the next week or two, at which point it will be ready for pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.

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