Andrew Will Winery Champoux Vineyard Horse Heaven Hills 2007
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: 14.7%
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%.
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.
"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."
Wine & Spirits
"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.
The Wine Advocate
"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. "
"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."
Not that great the first day, some better the second and third days. This is one that truly might be better with some age
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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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