Andrew Will Winery Two Blondes Vineyard 2010
Bordeaux Red Blends from Yakima Valley, Washington
This wine is true to the vintage and the vineyard it comes from. The focused and yet soft middle palate is at once indicative of the vintage and the vineyard's characteristics. The fruit is bright and yet giving. The middle structure of this wine is softly set and so allows for a great deal of immediate pleasure as well as an authentic promise of complexity to come should the wine be stored. We like it now, if opened for a few hours, with a great variety of food including seafood with almost anything but a cream sauce. Perfect as it is with those foods, it is able to add much to a variety of meats. Anything with a fruit based sauce or smoke is greatly enhanced by the savory kitchen herbal facets of the wine as well as a black fruit profile. Nice wine.
Blend: 43% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec
The Wine Advocate - "Starting the 2010s and from a warmer, windy terroir located in the western part of Yakima Valley, the 2010 Two Blondes Vineyard is made from a blend of 43% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc and a splash of Malbec that spent 21 months in barrel. Its ruby, semi-opaque color is followed by a medium-bodied, elegant effort that has notions of red plums, underbrush, licorice and cedar on both the nose and palate. Finesse oriented, yet reserved aromatically at the moment (especially when compared to the 2009), it should flesh out nicely with another year or two of bottle age and drink well for 7-8 years after that.
Wine Enthusiast - "Sophisticated and complex, this terroir-specific wine artfully blends herbal components—green tea, chamomile and mint—with tart red fruit flavors of pomegranate, raspberry, and bramble. The blend is 43% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc and 2% Malbec. "
Wine Spectator - "Firm in texture, with juicy blackberry and cherry fruit pushing through a layer of fine tannins and extending expressively onto the finish. Displays a pleasant sense of tension. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Malbec"
International Wine Cellar - "(a blend of 43% merlot, 38% cabernet sauvignon, 17% cabernet franc and 2% malbec): Good deep red. Musky, wild aromas of raspberry and flowers. Sweet and suave on entry, then a bit edgy in the middle, showing moderate flesh but very good juicy intensity to its red berry fruit. Best today on the long, smoky, fine-grained finish. A very good vintage for this idiosyncratic wine. "
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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.
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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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost 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%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.