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Andrew Will Winery Two Blondes Vineyard Red 2012

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750ML / 14% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

This medium-full bodied wine is 50% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc. This cooler sited vineyard with clay soils atop basalt bedrock provides standout Merlot and Cabernet Franc, in particular. The bouquet is outstanding, bringing to mind black plums, dark currants, coffee, a touch of menthol, cigar smoke, and fresh herbs. The palate features a stunning combination of complexity, structure and balance that finishes with a tangy, energetic lengthiness.

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RP 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
We started the tasting with his 2012s from barrel, and this appears to be a fantastic vintage here. The Merlot-dominated 2012 Two Blondes Vineyard, offers a ripe, plush feel with ample black currants, chocolate, licorice and hints of spice flowing to a full-bodied profile on the palate. Incorporating 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Cabernet Franc, I think it will be approachable on release, but it should evolve gracefully for 12-15 years. Range: 92-94
WS 93
Wine Spectator
Supple, expressive and focused, with a core of juicy blackberry, currant and apricot pushing through a veil of peppery, earthy, savory notes. Finishes with a sleek texture and refreshing balance. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2016 through 2022.
W&S 90
Wine & Spirits
Scents of consommé and cassis lead in this blend of merlot, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc. Two Blondes is always a blue-fruited beast and in 2012 it doesn’t disappoint, the finish recalling malbec in its piney, purplish hue.
WW 90
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
The 2012 Andrew Will Two Blondes Vineyard Red Wine—a blend of 50% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 20% Cabernet Franc—shows the gentle side that Bordeaux grape blends can bring to the table. The wine exhibits plenty of lovely red fruits and a smooth palate presence. The soft finish pairs it nicely with roast pork. Drinks well now. (Tasted: October 10, 2016, San Francisco, CA)
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Andrew Will Winery, Washington
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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.

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.

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As the first recognized wine-growing region in the Pacific Northwest, Yakima Valley is centrally located within Washington’s vast Columbia Valley. The region also includes Washington’s oldest Cabernet Sauvignon vines, Otis Vineyard, planted in 1957, and Harrison Hill Vineyard, planted in 1963. Yakima Valley contains three smaller sub-regions: Rattlesnake Hills, Red Mountain, and Snipes Mountain and is ideal for both red and white wine production. In fact, Yakima Valley is Washington’s most diverse region, boasting more than 40 different grape varieties over about one hundred miles.

The cooler parts of the valley are home to almost half of the Chardonnay and Riesling produced in the state! Both are made in a wide range of styles depending on the conditions of the vineyard site.

But its warmer locations yield a large proportion of Washington’s best Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. The finest Yakima Valley reds are jam-packed full of red cherry, currant, raspberry or blackberry fruit, as well as cocoa, herb, spice and savory notes, and exhibit a supple texture, great body, focus and length.

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One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World, especially in California, Washington and Australia. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, these are sometimes referred to in the US as “Meritage” blends. In Bordeaux itself, Cabernet Sauvignon dominates in wines from the Left Bank of the Gironde River, while the Right Bank focuses on Merlot. Often, blends from outside the region are classified as being inspired by one or the other.

Tasting Notes for Bordeaux Blends

Bordeaux Blends are dry, red wines and generally have aromas and flavors of black currant, black cherry plum, graphite, cedar and violet. Cabernet-based, Left-Bank-styled wines are typically more tannic and structured, while Merlot-based wines, modeled after the Right Bank, are softer and suppler. Cabernet Franc can add herbal notes, while Malbec and Petit Verdot contribute color and structure.

Perfect Food Pairings for Bordeaux Blends

Since Bordeaux red blends are often quite structured and tannic, they pair best with hearty, flavorful and fatty meat dishes. Any type of steak makes for a classic pairing. Equally welcome with these wines would be beef brisket, pot roast, braised lamb or smoked duck.

Sommelier Secrets for Bordeaux Blends

While the region of Bordeaux is limited to a select few approved grape varieties in specified percentages, the New World is free to experiment. Bordeaux blends in California may include equal amounts of Cabernet Franc and Malbec, for example. Occassionally a winemaker might add a small percentage of a non-Bordeaux variety, such as Syrah or Petite Sirah for a desired result.

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