Hello friends. Our friends at Andrew Will are coming down to the end of their supply of the epic 2012 vintage, and they’ve offered us a last-call opportunity, perfectly timed for holiday drinking or gift-giving:
I’ve always been especially fond of Andrew Will’s Two Blondes bottling. 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. Two Blondes has this aromatic signature, which the San Francisco Chronicle writer Jon Bonne has called “sanguine and pimenton” and which for me is this alluring musky sweet chile pepper note. Just lovely.
Wine Spectator (Harvey Steiman): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 93pts.”
While the Sorella bottling (also from Champoux, from slightly older vines) is predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, this Champoux bottling is predominantly Cabernet Franc (64%) and Merlot (22%), a lovely right bank ringer.
Vinous (Stephen Tanzer): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 94pts.”
Wine & Spirits (Patrick Comiskey): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 94pts.”
Originally offered March 13, 2016. Excerpts from the original: 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.
Wine Advocate (Jeb Dunnuck): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 95pts.”
Originally offered March 13, 2016. I’ll excerpt from the original, and then I’ll also include a strong new review from Wine & Spirits:
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.”
Wine & Spirits (Patrick Comiskey): “[REVIEW TEXT WITHHELD]. 96pts.”
Please limit order requests to 48 bottles total (mix and match as you like), 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.