Andrew Will Winery Champoux Vineyard Horse Heaven Hills 2007
Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
This vintage is composed of more than half Cabernet Franc. The unctuous almost liquid cascade of flavors that first come to mind are greatly colored by this grape. The mid palate is thick and rich with a compelling balance and flow to the palate. At this period this is compelling wine which is at once a wine to drink after being open for a few hours or one to put away for a decade or more.
Wine & Spirits - "Cabernet Franc leads the charge in this extraordinary wine from the Horse Heaven Hills' most storied vineyard. It has franc's savory aromas and flavors, like a dusting cinnamon on fresh-picked cherries. It also has that variety's suppleness of texture and finely wrought tannins, augmented by cabernet sauvignon, merlot and petit verdot. The texture is simply a marvel, the tannins providing plenty of gravitas without getting in the way, persistent yet gentle."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2007 Champoux Vineyard is a bit more deeply colored. A blend of 52% Cabernet Franc, 21% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 8% Petit Verdot, it is also denser, richer, more plush, and longer in the finish. Give it 4-6 years of additional cellaring and drink it from 2014 to 2027. "
Wine Enthusiast - "A unique version of Andrew Will's Champoux, this is more than half Cabernet Franc, with Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot filling in the rest. Thick and tannic, yet perfectly ripe and almost silky, it coats the palate with black cherry, graphite, slate and a bit of chalk. All that said, the fruit more than holds its own against the terroir's minerality. Drink this with your best steak, and give it plenty of breathing time. "
Wine Spectator - "Firm, refined tannins surround a lithe core of currant, guava and pomegranate fruit. The flavors are a bit reticent, but they remain focused and refined through the generous, persistent finish. Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2013."
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Andrew Will Winery
Andrew Will Winery was started in 1989 and is owned by Chris Camarda. The winery was launched out of a love for wine that Chris developed while working in the restaurant trade for almost 20 years. Named after his son Will and nephew Andrew, Andrew Will has been a major contributor in putting Washington State on the map as a world-class wine-producing region.
Andrew Will wines are labeled by vineyard with each wine a different makeup of the Bordeaux varietals. These vineyards, all in the Columbia Valley, include Camarda's own estate Two Blondes. He is part owner of the Champoux Vineyard and sources from Ciel du Cheval Vineyard. View all Andrew Will Winery Wines
About Columbia ValleyView a map of Columbia Valley wineries
Columbia Valley is the largest of Washington State's wine growing regions, with almost 11 million acres. It encompasses a number of smaller regions, including Yakima Valley, Walla Walla Valley, Red Mountain and more. The vast area consists of a range of climates, allowing viticulturists to plant a diverse selection of grape varieties. Most wineries plant rows sparsely, which helps the vines survive the harsh winters.
Notable FactsMerlot is the most popular and most planted grape of the area, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Syrah and Riesling are also popular and continue to grow in acreage.
About WashingtonRelated Links:Now the number two producer in the United States, Washington State has also grown in quality.
So how does a state known for rain and coffee produce high quality wines? They plant their grapes on the east side of the Cascade mountains, away from that ever-present rain cloud that sits along the coast. Perhaps wine grapes do well since the sandy loam soils east of the Cascade range give way to an almost desert-like land, saved from drought only by the helpful rivers that run through the area – and the good irrigation systems.
Thinking that the state would do best with typical northern growing grapes like Riesling and Gewurtztraminer, turns out the apple state is well-suited for reds, namely Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and, more recently, Syrah. Of course, whites have not been forgotten - Washington State Rieslings range from bone-dry to sweet, are well-structured and high quality, and Chardonnay dominates most of the other white plantings, making a range of wines. But the reds of the region, Merlot in particular, have made Washington State a quality force to be reckoned with.
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