As we receive our allocation of the 2007s from the always impressive Andrew Will line up, it seemed an appropriate time to pull the cork on a 2003 Andrew Will. After all, these Washington State gems age beautifully and, with 2007 being classically cool, it is a vintage that will age gracefully.
Since Andrew Will’s inception in 1989, Owner-Wine Maker Chris Comarda has focused on Bordeaux style blends primarily from Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petite Verdot. Chris has an amazing ability to balance powerful fruit and structure with the elegance of bright acidity and a sense of earth. Neither fruit bomb nor old world in style, these wines showcase just how impressive the best growing conditions of the Columbia valley can be. Critics have weighed in big time as well, with the 2007 Champoux bottling scoring 95 points from Parker’s WA, while the 2007 Sorella garnered a whopping 96+ points.
2003 Andrew Will Sheridan Red
No longer one of the wines produced at Andrew Will (although fruit is still sourced from the vineyard), I remember tasting the 2003 upon its release. Gorgeous, lush fruit was trying to sneak out from behind the structure of tight, fine tannins and the fresh zing of balanced acidity. It was a serious mouth full of wine, but there was evidence that time would further soften the wine and bring out even more of the fruit. And so, six years later, the wine is everything I hoped it to be. Hard, tannic edges had dissipated, leaving deep, soft, velvety dark fruit. The presence of toasty oak was now in the background, adding a touch of elegant spice. What brought a smile to my face was the one component that had not changed. There was still a fresh acidity that lifted the fruit and brightened it and made it dance on the palate. The wine still possessed its balance and finesse, evidence that patience pays off big time with Andrew Will wines.
2007 Andrew Will
We have four offerings from Andrew Will’s 2007 vintage. The first two are newer offering that allow us to enjoy Chris’s wines now, while waiting on the second two to come around.
Andrew Will Cuvee Lucia Cabernet Sauvignon, $26.99
A great price on a bottle of Andrew Will Cabernet. Plenty of rich, lush fruit that remains focused and fresh (trademark Andrew Will). Chris did an amazing job producing this in a style that is ready to drink now – soft and silky – so drink up!
Andrew Will May’s Discovery Cabernet Sauvignon, $39.99
A 100% Cabernet Sauvignon that possesses surprisingly rich fruit and depth considering it all comes from young vines. What is not surprising about the young vines is the velvety soft texture and round suppleness that makes this wine ready to drink now. A great intro to Andrew Will.
Andrew Will Champoux Vineyard, $54.99
52% Cabernet Franc, 21% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petite Verdot. Packed with bright, fresh fruit, there is a sense of laser beam precision to this wine. The focus of the deep fruit and earth is amazing with screaming freshness that lifts this wine on the palate despite its dense, mocha finish. Amazing juice.
Andrew Will Sorella, $63.99
72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot, 3% Petite Verdot. Much more Cabernet based, the Sorella bottling sources fruit solely from Chamoux vineyard, making for a fun comparison of the two wines. As it turns out, other that wine making style, these wines are quite different (no surprise). The higher level of Cabernet lends a more tart, red cherry and chocolate note to the wine. Almost more vibrant than the Champoux bottling, if that is possible, Sorella is also a bit softer while maintaining its sense of freshness and depth of fruit. Another gorgeous bottling for the cellar or decanted for a number of hours if you can’t keep your hands off of it!