Andrew Will Red Bordeaux Blend Horse Heaven Hills Champoux Vineyard 2004
Editorial Reviews for Andrew Will Red Bordeaux Blend Horse Heaven Hills Champoux Vineyard
darky almost opaque black tinged ruby - vanilla and green pepper explode from the glass, oaky smoky pipe tobaccy,balsamic vinear, cherry coke, baked plum, creme de cassis all follow - sweet attack, lots of red fruits, good acids and tons of soft tannins, medium full mouthfeel with a bit more obvious alcohol here, eucalyptus top not over the curranty fruit with notes of roast meat and vanilla, good if indistinct fruit with an abrupt finish that leaves tanin and alcohol evident. Good in it's style and not at all over blown yet still too much for me
External Reviews for Andrew Will Red Bordeaux Blend Horse Heaven Hills Champoux Vineyard
The 2004 Champoux Vineyard is 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc, 22% Merlot, and 9% Petit Verdot. It spent 21 months in 35% new French oak. Less marked by oak and more complex than the Sorella bottling, it has a splendid bouquet of cedar, tobacco, vanilla, leather, cassis, and black currants. This is followed by a concentrated, dense wine with gobs of flavor, a velvety texture, excellent integration of oak, tannin, and acidity, and a seamless, 60+ second finish. It will evolve in the cellar for 5-7 years but is difficult to resist now.
The Champoux Vineyard, planted in 1972, is five miles from the Columbia River. Here, the cooling breezes of the Columbia River Gorge never cease, creating the perfect conditions for ripening grapes. Right now, this wine is showing many layers of intense flavors - notes of licorice, blackberry, and tobacco - but it will continue to evolve and be expressive for many years to come.
The Champoux Vineyard, planted in 1972, is 5 miles from the Columbia River. Here the cooling breezes of the Columbia River Gorge never cease, creating the perfect conditions to ripen grapes. Right now, this wines shows intense layers of flavors, with notes of licorice, blackberry, and tobacco, but it will age and express itself for many years to come.
The Champoux Vineyard, from vines planted in 1990, is A favorite Washington State Cabernet of Robert Parker, the Champoux is a blend of about 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Cabernet Franc and the rest Merlot and Petite Verdot. The 2003 was reated 93 by Parker and 92 by Steven Tanzer. The style is "dense and thick but with plenty of energy" (Tanzer)The saline mineralityh, a distinguishing feature of Washington Cabs, balances the very ripe fruit.