Andrew Will Winery Ciel du Cheval 2012
Bordeaux Red Blends from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
This wine has concentration, structure and is rich in mineral, graphite and dark fruit notes. A top site in Washington State, Andrew Will has been sourcing from this vineyard since its beginning in 1989.
Blend: 50% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon
The Wine Advocate - "Possibly even better, the 2012 Ciel Du Cheval Vineyard (50% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon) gives up smoking notes of creme de cassis, lead pencil shavings, spice and toast in a full-bodied, layered and elegant profile. The purity of this site really shows here, and it also has superb underlying concentration and structure.
Wine Spectator - "Dense and rich in texture, packed with black cherry, dark plum, sage and bay leaf flavors. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2017 through 2024."
Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "Saturated medium ruby. Superripe aromas of black cherry, dark chocolate and black walnut. Lush, sweet and chocolatey, with some very ripe notes to its dark fruit and nutty oak flavors. A bit musclebound and unrefined today, in need of time in bottle to shed some of its baby fat. Finishes with big, chewy, tongue-dusting tannins and repeating notes of burnished oak.
Wine & Spirits - "This is a half merlot blended with cabernets franc and sauvignon, and it’s the merlot that leads in dark red fruit accented by cedar and cinnamon. The flavors are heady, with plenty of weight and extraction"
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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 Yakima ValleyView a map of Yakima Valley wineries
Washington's first appellation, Yakima Valley has over one third of the state's vineyards. The rolling foothills of the Cascades give the vines a good sun angle, so grapes are well-ripened come harvest time. Merlot dominates the plantings here, creating elegant wines with complex fruit, herbs & structure. Syrah continues to grow in popularity, creating blanced wines with spicy black fruit.A few smaller, but notable appellations that lie within or just outside of Yakima Valley include:
Rattlesnake Hills, which gained AVA status in 2006, lies in the north with 17 wineries.
Horse Heaven Hills, another recent sub-appellation hugs the south end of Yakima and is known for its outstanding vineyard sites that create incredible and collectible red wines.
Red Mountain, known for its intense and delicious reds, is located on the eastern side of Yakima Valley.
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Washington State is exploding onto the world’s wine scene. The second largest wine-producing region in the United States, the number of wineries has more than doubled in the past decade to more than 900 today. The great majority of the state’s 50,000+ acres of vineyards are grown on the east side of the Cascade mountains, where they enjoy 300+ days of sunshine a year, well-draining soils and a diurnal shift ideal for wine grapes.
Washington is not defined by a single grape variety, with nearly 70 varieties to explore. Out of these, the top five are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Riesling, and Syrah. Winemakers and grape growers are driven by a pioneering spirit, and aren’t afraid to experiment with new techniques in an ever-growing quest to make world-class wine. With a state-of-the-art research program, near-perfect growing conditions and the possibility for exponential growth – Washington State is proving itself to be a force to be reckoned with.
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