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Andrew Will Ciel du Cheval Vineyard 2011
Andrew Will is definitely a benchmark winery for this region and Ciel du Cheval a benchmark vineyard. Together the make a wonderful example of a "Right Bank" style Bordeaux Blend. Words like sharp, focused and precise come to mind when drinking this wine. It's wine in HD. Cab Franc brings his herby, minerally soul to the party counterpointed by Merlots soft supple texture and generous red and black fruit. This wine has plenty of structure for additional cellaring but is drinking quite nicely now.Add winemaker's notes
Andrew Will is definitely a benchmark winery for this region and Ciel du Cheval a benchmark vineyard. Together the make a wonderful example of a "Right Bank" style Bordeaux Blend. Words like sharp, focused and precise come to mind when drinking this wine. It's wine in HD. Cab Franc brings his herby, minerally soul to the party counterpointed by Merlots soft supple texture and generous red and black fruit. This wine has plenty of structure for additional cellaring but is drinking quite nicely now.
Andrew Will makes some of the best wine in America let alone Washington State. Not big bruiser Cali style but elegant and refined. Ciel du Cheval is his 'right bank' interpretation. Lots of Merlot.
Four and a half glasses
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Bright red-ruby. Sexy aromas of blackberry, violet and licorice, along with a musky soil-driven nuance. Rich, thick and sweet; wonderfully plush and seamless for a Bordeaux blend from this cool year, with a texture of liquid silk. Already very showy, this superb wine’s serious building tannins promise a slow evolution in bottle. A great expression of this outstanding vineyard, and seemingly even richer in the early going than the superb 2010 was a year ago.
One of the top wines in the vintage, the 2011 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard (52% Cabernet Franc and 48% Merlot that spent 21 months in 35% new French oak) offers thrilling amounts of fruit and texture, with full-bodied richness, excellent mid-palate depth and sweet tannin. Loaded with both red and black currant fruit, dried flowers, damp earth and hints of meatiness, it can be consumed anytime over the coming 10–12 years.
The vineyard blends begin with the 2008 Ciel du Cheval. It is composed of 36% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 32% Cabernet Franc. Alluring aromas of pain grille, pencil lead, violets, incense, black currant, and blackberry inform the nose of a sp... Robert Parkers Wine Advocate. A Proprietary Blend wine from Washington in USA. 2008 Andrew Will Ciel du Cheval Vineyard 750ml
A Proprietary Blend wine from Washington in USA. 2008 Andrew Will Ciel du Cheval Vineyard 750ml
A bit rough around the edges, but not enough to detract from the gorgeous, focused blackberry, currant, green olive and dusky spice flavors that course through the focused finish. Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2012 through 2017.
Dark and youthful, this blends cabernet franc and merlot with a small portion of cabernet sauvignon. It leads with savory tar and mocha scents that meld with plump blue fruit. The flavors seem fat and rich at first, but the tannins supporting all that weight are so precise and tightly wound it's clear the wine is a long way from peak expression. Wait a year, then check it out with a hanger steak.
Exhibits juicy currant and blackberry flavors at the core. This firm-textured, sinewy wine lifts the fruit and cedary, earthy flavors through a pointed finish. Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Best from 2010 through 2013. ... Wine Spectator. A Proprietary Blend wine from Washington in USA. 2005 Andrew Will Ciel du Cheval Vineyard 750ml
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