Andrew Will Syrah Red Mountain Annie Camarda Ciel du Cheval Vineyard 2005
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. This vineyard has again stood up to its reputation as one of the best in Washington. The Ciel de Cheval 2005 is very dark and the nose is raspberry, tar and a lingering scent of flowers and forest coupled with an almost palpable mineral quality. The early sophistication of the nose is upheld by the serene middle plate and enticing finish. 93 points from Robert Parker.
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.
External Reviews for Andrew Will Syrah Red Mountain Annie Camarda Ciel du Cheval Vineyard
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
A completely different blend from the winery's 2006 Ciel, this reflects Chris Camarda's growing enchantment with Cabernet Franc, which is now 45% of the blend. Most of the rest is Merlot - a Right Bank style. The concept works. It captures the sleek minerality of the site, and puts the fruit into tight, laser-like focus. The wine seems almost crystalline - sharp-edged and reflective, with penetrating angles and offset flavors.
The 2005 Ciel du Cheval is composed of 40% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc,14% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 6% Petit Verdot. It offers up darker black fruit aromas and flavors with significantly more structure, grip, and power. It exhibits layers of spicy black fruits which should become increasingly opulent and glossy as it develops in the bottle. Give it a minimum of 5ndash;7 years in the cellar and drink it through 2030.
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.
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.
Bright ruby-red. Fruit-driven, complex aromas of blackberry, boysenberry, blueberry and dried herbs. Juicy and gripping, with penetrating acidity framing the berry flavors. Not a fleshy style but pure, vibrant, clean and long.
A beautifully formed, harmonious red. Firm, with bright currant and strawberry flavors at the center, shaded with floral, herbal notes as it all lingers effortlessly on the mildly chewy finish. Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Best from 2007 through 2012.