By Duane Pemberton
Winery website: www.andrewwill.com
Seattle WA – 4/10/2013 – Based on Vashon Island, Andrew Will has become one of the Northwest’s favorite “cult-like” wineries. Its small production and jedi-like winemaking prowess of Chris Carmarda have raised up a loyal following and strong demand for the wines, every vintage.
- Composition: 65%, Cabernet Sauvignon 23%, Merlot 7%, Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot
- Vineyard: Champoux Vineyard
- Appellation: Horse Heaven Hills
- Average Age of Vines: 33 years
- Time in barrels: 21 months
- Bottling Date: June, 2011
- Release Date: April, 2012
- Total Production: 1026 cases
- Price: $70
Nose: Bing cherry flavored red licorice, rhubarb, raspberry, huckleberry, spiced dark chocolate, a hint of eucalyptus, big league chew and beef jerky.
Taste: Chocolate covered cherries, with overtones of strawberry and raspberry. Classic Horse Heaven Hills “red berry” action is all up in this glass and I love it. It takes awhile for this wine to open up – or a quick aeration in a blender – but once it does, you’ll be rewarded with a wine that has good acids, stellar tannin structure and a finish that doesn’t know when to quit. Drink now or hold for another 8-12 years.
W.E.P. Rating: 90%