Hello friends. Will Camarda recently paid us a visit at the warehouse, and one of the wines he poured was a real snowflake: never seen before, never to be seen again.
2013 Andrew Will Flaneurs
The first thing I should say about this wine is that it is a white-label wine for Andrew Will, which is usually an indication of seriousness and quality for the winery. The most recent white-label wines we offered from Andrew Will had top-line prices of $67, $78, and $88. Even at Flaneurs’ regular $35 tag, it would represent an exceptional value. We’re able to move even a bit lower today due to a robust volume commitment, to a place where we can offer a white-label Andrew Will wine at a black-label tariff.
A Bordeaux blend (50/32/18 Merlot/Cab Franc/Cab) from Andrew Will that does not come from a single vineyard? Rare indeed. In fact, this is the first I can remember encountering. It combines two vineyards familiar to fans of the winery: their estate Two Blondes Vineyard, and Ciel du Cheval on Red Mountain. I don’t know exactly what compelled Chris and Will to let loose and make this blend in 2013, but I can tell you that Flaneurs does not exist in 2014, 2015, nor 2016, and there are no plans to recreate it going forward. It’s a beautiful one-off; a true limited-edition wine.
Oh, and the name? It’s a French word describing a person who is somewhere between a louche idler and literary man-about-town. Definitely someone who spends a lot of time in cafés reading difficult texts and opining to anyone within earshot. Basically it’s what I aspire to in my later years.
Raised in 35% new French oak for 21 months, the wine clocks in at 14.5% listed alc and begins with a nose that evokes both vineyards: cherry and cocoa powder and ferrous minerality from Ciel; more cherry fruit and a signature thread of smoked paprika from Two Blondes. It’s a harmonious pairing to be sure. Texturally, this is just marvelous, managing the neat trick of combining elegance with intensity. A lovely dustiness emerges in the mid-palate and rolls through into a long, chewy finish. The mix of fruit and non-fruit (earth, mineral, spice) elements is pinpoint here. This is just classy as hell, very much in keeping with the white label. I’d encourage those of you who normally put a hard cap of $20/btl on your purchasing to consider a splurge here. We may never see a white-label Andrew Will bottling at anything near this tariff again.
Please limit order requests to 12 bottles, and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests. The wine should arrive in a week or two, at which point it will be ready for pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.