Andrew Will Winery Champoux Vineyard Horse Heaven Hills 2008
Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Although this wine has much more Cabernet
Sauvignon than the 2007, the wines seem to be
more like sisters than cousins. The 2008 stands not
in the shadows of 2007 as I had first thought it
might but right next to it. It is a wine that although
different in structure, nevertheless possesses all that it needs to satisfy now and in the future.
Blend: 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot
"The 2008 Champoux Vineyard is made up of 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Petit Verdot. It sports an inviting bouquet of sandalwood, rose petal, Asian spices, a hint of leather, black currant, and blackberry. This is followed by a succulent, plush, pleasure-bent wine that deftly conceals enough structure to evolve for 5-7 years. It offers a drinking window extending from 2016 to 2028+.
The Wine Advocate
"Powerful, focused and compelling for its layers of black cherry, mineral, animal and spice flavors, swirling together on the beautifully constructed finish. This has presence, depth and distinction, with miles to go. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2013 through 2020."
"This blend includes 45 percent cabernet sauvignon, withthe balance mostly merlot and franc. There's an earthiness in the aroma that plays over scents of dried plum and violets. Its texture, especially at first, is dense as fig cake, built to a barely contained immensity. For all that, it's in proportion, and should reward the patient. For the impatient, it's a pairing for entrecote."
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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.
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