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Andrew Will Red Bordeaux Blend Washington Sorella 2000

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Because of the even ripening during the 2000-growing year we were able to get fruit which has structure as well as a supple richness. The Sorella 2000 is made up of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petite Verdot. Except for the 3% Petite Verdot all the fruit comes from Champoux Vineyard. As time goes on, it becomes very clear that there is no substitute for the nearly 30-year-old vines from this vineyard. The depth and deep focus of the fruit profile along with a balanced structure are the signature marks of this vineyard. Looking back to the 1995 and 1997 vintages, we see that those vintages in WA that had even ripening are the ones that are ageing the best. The 2000's are similar to these years but with greater depth and concentration.

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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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04/09/2011

Four and a half glasses



Because of the even ripening during the 2000-growing year we were able to get fruit which has structure as well as a supple richness. The Sorella 2000 is made up of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petite Verdot. Except for the 3% Petite Verdot all the fruit comes from Champoux Vineyard. As time goes on, it becomes very clear that there is no substitute for the nearly 30-year-old vines from this vineyard. The depth and deep focus of the fruit profile along with a balanced structure are the signature marks of this vineyard. Looking back to the 1995 and 1997 vintages, we see that those vintages in WA that had even ripening are the ones that are ageing the best. The 2000's are similar to these years but with greater depth and concentration.

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