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.]
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.”
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.