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Andrew Will Red Bordeaux Blend Horse Heaven Hills Champoux Vineyard 2003

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Champoux wines always have excellent body. This year follows that history. We like the complex nose the wine presents as well as the depth of fruit. The grapes for this wine were fully ripe but have enough acidity to preserve freshness. The tannins are very refined and soft, just as we like them. WINE & VINTAGE 2003 Champoux COMPOSITION 59% Champoux Block Cab Sauv 21% Cab Franc 15% Merlot 5% Petit Verdot AVERAGE AGE OF VINES 23 years FINISHED WINE Titratable Acidity .66 grams per 100 ml pH 3.78 Alcohol 14.3% COOPERAGE Taransaud and Demptos new French 35% TIME IN BARRELS 21 months RELEASE DATE 10.01.05 TOTAL PRODUCTION Cases/750ML 808

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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 had developed while working in the restaurant trade for almost 20 years. Named after the Camardas’ son Will and nephew Andrew, Andrew Will has been a major contributor to the success and notoriety in recent years of Washington State wines. Initially, the winer... Read more
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 had developed while working in the restaurant trade for almost 20 years. Named after the Camardas’ son Will and nephew Andrew, Andrew Will has been a major contributor to the success and notoriety in recent years of Washington State wines. Initially, the winery consisted of 900 square feet of rented industrial space in Seattle. In the early days, everything was done by hand from shoveling grapes into crushers, to labeling and delivering the wine. In 1994, the Camardas moved to Vashon Island, a short ferry ride from Seattle, where they built the present winery. They now have two buildings which allow them to make about 4300 cases of wine a year. They have also purchased land in Eastern Washington and planted 36 acres in grapes. Andrew Will makes Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Sangiovese. As Chris Camarda has developed his style of winemaking over the years, he has focused on the primacy of the vineyard over variety. It is now the driving force behind Andrew Will. While the idea of terroir has become almost a hollow marketing tool, it has great attraction for Chris in its purest form. "I believe that an individual piece of property can form a signature - an identity - and it is that face that is the focus of my winemaking, " he said. "We are trying to let the vineyards reveal themselves. I believe that if Washington is ever to be considered a great wine region we need to establish the characteristics of our geographical areas and the characteristics of each vineyard in those areas," he added. He also believes that blends of varieties also make the most complex and attractive wines. The Cabernet Franc and Merlot, two grapes which mature beautifully over the long growing season in Eastern Washington, when blended with Cabernet Sauvignon, best express the characteristics of a vineyard. For instance, the 1999 Sorella is made up of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet France and 15% Merlot. Andrew Will has no plans to increase the size of the winery or its output but instead to focus on the vineyards and the care needed to produce the kind of fruit to satisfy the Andrew Will ideals. Read less

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Champoux wines always have excellent body. This year follows that history. We like the complex nose the wine presents as well as the depth of fruit. The grapes for this wine were fully ripe but have enough acidity to preserve freshness. The tannins are very refined and soft, just as we like them. WINE & VINTAGE 2003 Champoux COMPOSITION 59% Champoux Block Cab Sauv 21% Cab Franc 15% Merlot 5% Petit Verdot AVERAGE AGE OF VINES 23 years FINISHED WINE Titratable Acidity .66 grams per 100 ml pH 3.78 Alcohol 14.3% COOPERAGE Taransaud and Demptos new French 35% TIME IN BARRELS 21 months RELEASE DATE 10.01.05 TOTAL PRODUCTION Cases/750ML 808

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