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Date Printed: 10/1/2014
Andrew Will Winery Ciel du Cheval 2008
Andrew Will Winery Ciel du Cheval 2008
(search item no. 111131)
boutique wine
collectible wine

Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $57.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 96 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine is currently the front runner in this release. The blend of structure, power and depth made the wine the favorite in a recent tasting of ten vintages of Ciel du Cheval (the much maligned 2000 vintage was second... so much for ideology). The wine is immediately expressive as well as fully in control of the austerity this vineyard always shows.

Blend: 36% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Franc, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon

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About 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.