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Andrew Will Sorella Horse Heaven Hills 2012
96 points Wine Advocate: "A wine that I think rivals the 2007 Sorella, the 2012 Sorella comes all from the Champoux Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA and is made from 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 13% Cabernet Franc. Aged 18 months in 35% new French oak, it has smoking notes of blackcurrants, black raspberry, toasted bread and spice-box to go with a full-bodied, awesomely concentration, yet layered, balanced profile on the palate. Thereís a lot of tannin here, so short-term cellaring is advised. This beauty will have 2-3 decades of longevity and will stand toe-to-toe with some of the greatest Bordeaux blends out there.
These latest 2012s from Chris Camarda are easily some of the best wines Iíve tasted from him and they have everything; texture, richness, balance and structure.
2011 notes: 95 points Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Sorella (68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot) is in the same ballpark, with plenty of blackberry, mineral, toast and earthiness, as well as full-bodied richness and depth on the palate. More backwards and structured than the Champoux Vineyard, give it a handful of years in the cellar and plan on drinking bottles through 2028."
The 2010 Andrew Will reds are spectacular, and along with the 2005 and 2008, are my favorites of the last decade. It's all about balance with the 2010 -- pure and seamless black cherry and cassis fruit glides, mingling with grilled herb, graphite, and licorice notes. Give it 3-6 years for the best drinking, though I poured myself another glass right away.
73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc, entirely from Champoux Vineyard. Always one of the top wines from Washington. Always. - Marcus
2009 Tanzer - 94 points - Good bright red-ruby. Super-ripe aromas of cassis, cocoa powder, sandalwood and nutty oak. Supple, creamy, full and deep, with lush flavors of red fruits, spices and sandalwood given shape by underlying minerality. The big, ripe tannins coat the palate and front teeth on the very long, rich finish. - J.R.
2009 Wine Spectator - 93 points - Fresh and lively, this is juicy with blackberry and floral flavors that keep dancing deftly through the finish, framed with firm tannins, but staying harmonious and gaining in intensity with each sip. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2017. - H.S.
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A full, beautiful nose with massive structure. There are mineral-like qualities in both the nose and finish, along with scents of deep, recessive fruit and licorice that deliver fully on the palate. The wine's intensity and elegance is highlighted by its rich layering of sweetness and silky tannins. The average age of the vines is 33 years. - Winemaker Chris Camarda
65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot
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Top 100 Wines 2011 - 95 Points - Impressive for its intensity and elegance, packed with black cherry, cherry, plum and spice flavors, hinting at roasted red pepper and a tarry minerality as the finish glides smoothly over refined tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Best from 2012 through 2020. 973 cases made. - H.S.
Brawn and brains. 08 Sorella is 80% Cab from Champoux Vineyard's famed Block 1 - planted in 1972, it's Washington's best Cabernet site. The nose is showy - black currant, cedary black cherry, dustings of baking spices, licorice and tar leading to a massive palate (brawn), while holding onto thoughtful complexity and refinement (brains). 80% Cabernet, 14% Cabernet Franc, 6% Merlot. - Marcus
We've offered every vintage of Sorella and every year it is one of out top ten Washington reds. The flagship red from Andrew Will, it is made entirely from old-vine Champoux Vineyard fruit and named in honor of his sister.
2007 Vintage Tasting Notes
2007 Wine Advocate - 96 points - Andrew Will's flagship wine is called Sorella; the 2007 Sorella, sourced entirely from the Champoux Vineyard, one of Washington's finest sites, is made up of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot, and 3% Petit Verdot. Aromas of toasty oak, espresso, Asian spices, incense, black currant, and blackberry lead to a firmly structured wine with impeccable balance and serious aging potential. This pleasure-bent offering will offer a drinking window extending from 2016 to 2032, perhaps longer."
The complex display of mineral and fruit notes puts this wine into play as one with terrific promise. This wine is a dominant expression of Cabernet Sauvignon which exhibits itself in a light made brighter by the addition of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Already it is starting to move out of its first stage into something more formed and giving. We like the persistently bright personality of this vintage of Sorella as well as its ability to cast a shadow into the future. - the winery
72% Cab Sauv, 10% Merlot, 15%Cab Franc, 3% Petit Verdot, primarily from the oldest block of Champoux Vineyard
Wine Enthusiast 96 points.
2006 Tanzer - 91 points - Bright ruby-red. Cassis, black cherry and berry skin aromas are lifted by a floral note. Supple, sweet and densely packed, with savory and floral notes adding interest to the smooth dark berry flavors, and ripe, harmonious acidity giving shape and energy to the wine. Youthfully medicinal in a positive way. Finishes with big, broad tannins and flavors of dark fruits and licorice pastille that dust the entire palate. This may ultimately merit an even higher score.
2006 Vintage Tasting Notes
Huge scents of black fruits, espresso, and wiffs of vanilla-tinged woodsmoke give way to layers of black cherries, black currants, and super-dark blueberries. The 06 Sorella is at once supple and structured, and really begins to shine with a couple hours of decanting. The finish is exceptionally long, with sweet licorice, minerals, and baking spices adding to the stunning fruit. - Avalon
2006 Wine Spectator - 95 points - Tight, focused and distinctive, this sharp-edged wine shows ripe currant, spice, tobacco and coffee flavors that sneak up on you. They start slow but swirl through the mildly grippy tannins into a long, expressive finish, making for a beautifully compact and complex wine. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2011 through 2018. From Washington." - H.S.
Avalon's 2006 tasting notes: We're standing by last year's provocative statement: we'd rather drink the Andrew Will Sorella than the 100 point Quilceda Creek Cab. Besides the obvious $50 saved for each bottle, the Sorella is powerful and refined. The two wines share the same fruit pedigree - Washington's Champoux Vineyard. The heart of the Sorella (like the QC Cab) is Cabernet Sauvignon from vines planted in the early 70's. - Avalon
Andrew Will Sorella 06 - "The promise, complex fruit, and mineral qualities already apparent in this wine are easily seen after the wine has been open for a few hours. Most of my wines show much better after they have been open for four to eight hours. This wine is no exception. My partner in the Two Blondes Vineyard, who knows my wines better than I, says this is the best wine made at Andrew Will, and while I don't put much belief in the idea of a "best" wine, I am very happy with the path this wine is taking. We like it now but think 4 to 25 years in the cellar." - Winemaker Chris Camarda
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 94 points: "The 2006 Sorella, produced from Block 1 of the Champoux Vineyard, is the winery flagship. Saturated purple in color, the perfume is a complex amalgam of pain grille, scorched earth, espresso, black currant, blackberry, and licorice. This leads to a supple-textured wine with layers of ripe fruit, outstanding depth and concentration, considerable elegance, and a long, pure finish. It will evolve for 8-10 years and provide pleasure through 2030."