By Duane Pemberton
Winery website: http://www.andrewwill.com
Located on Vashon Island, Andrew Will Winery has been a local favorite by wine lovers and sommeliers for over a decade. Its winemaker, Chris Camarda, is a long-time veteran in knowing how to work well with Washington Fruit that nearly always translates into very expressive wines.
- Composition: 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Cabernet Franc, 31% Merlot
- Vineyard: Two Blondes
- Appellation: Yakima Valley
- Average Age of Vines: 9 years
- Time in barrels: 21 months
- Bottling Date: June, 2011
- Release Date: April, 2012
- Price: $52
On the nose: Caramelized blackberry, black raspberries, vanilla, chocolate, peppered jerky, Nappa leather, tobacco, blood orange and fresh thyme.
On the palate: Blackberry compote, blueberry, black plum, cocoa, cassis, peppercorns, leather and tobacco all interwoven. A very complex wine that showcases stellar fruit, great acidity and and a finish worthy of its price point. Easily one of the better new-world Bordeaux-style blends I’ve had in the past 12 months.