Andrew Will Cellars 2009 Sorella, Horse Heaven Hills

By on December 19, 2012
Paul Champoux, owner of Champoux Vineyards and grape grower

Paul Champoux drives through his oldest block of vines at Champoux Vineyards. Block 1 was planted in 1972 by the Mercer family. Champoux has four winery partners in the vineyard: Andrew Will, Quilceda Creek, Powers and Woodward Canyon.

Here is owner/winemaker Chris Camarda’s best wine.

Using estate grapes from Champoux Vineyards that average 33 years in age, it is a blend heavy on Cabernet Sauvignon (65%), along with Merlot (23%), Cabernet Franc (7%) and Petit Verdot. It offers aromas of dark plums, blueberries, chalkboard dust, cedar, toast and wild roses, followed by flavors of plums, pomegranates, huckleberries and black tea. It’s a complex wine with tannins that build to a crescendo of flavors and a memorable finish.

This delivers the goods now, but it has the potential to age for a decade or more.

  • Rating: Outstanding!
  • Price: $70
  • Cases: 1,026
  • Alcohol: 14.5

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