Full Pull Andrew Will

Hello friends. We’re still seeing a trickle of releases from Washington’s epic 2012 vintage, and I think today’s duo are among the most eagerly-anticipated of the late-releases: Andrew Will’s Ciel blend and Sorella.

[Please note: These are recent enough releases that I have not yet had a chance to sample them, but the winemaking/grape-growing pedigrees and the vintage speak for themselves, and both wines already have very strong reviews from Jeb Dunnuck.]

2012 Andrew Will Ciel du Cheval Vineyard
Chris Camarda has been working with Ciel fruit since the early 1990s, and the length of the relationship is important in two ways. First, Chris has developed a comfort level with the vineyard; comfort that allows him to produce a Ciel bottling each year that is the truest expression possible of this Grand Cru Red Mountain site. And second, he gets the good stuff: some of the oldest vines in the vineyard; Cabernet Sauvignon from the 1982 block and Merlot from the 1976 block.

Ciel is an incredible site, with gnarled old vines growing right out of Red Mountain sand. Here is what the site of Ciel du Cheval looked like in 1975. Here is what it looks like today. Here is a picture I snapped during a visit a few years ago, showing a) how gnarled those old vines are; and b) how sandy the topsoil is on Red Mountain. Those sandy soils are as non-nutritive as they look, and you can imagine how deeply those old vines have had to dig in search of water and nutrients, and how much depth and character they impart to the finished wine. Fortunately, there is a picture from an excavation pit that shows how complex the subsoils are, once the grapevines get below that initial sand.

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

2012 Andrew Will Sorella
Sorella, as it always does, comes only from the oldest sections of Champoux Vineyard, and the average vine age is 33 years, ancient by Washington standards. The elevage is the same as the Ciel: 35% new French oak for a year and a half. The blend, however, differs: this is much more Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant, at 67% of the blend. Jeb’s review plots out a drinking window three decades long, and I doubt that’s an exaggeration. This winemaker, this fruit, this vintage: it all adds up to a wine likely to evolve glacially, and beautifully.

Wine Advocate (Jeb Dunnuck): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 96pts.”

Please limit order requests to 12 bottles of each wine, and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests. The wines should arrive in a week or two, at which point they will be ready for pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.

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