Robert Parker 93
"The 2006 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard is a blend of 40% Merlot, 37% Cabernet Franc, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 4% Petit Verdot. Purple-colored, it has an outstanding bouquet of cedar, cinnamon, clove, black currant, and blackberry. On the palate the tannins so predominant in Red Mountain are nicely tamed. There are layers of savory fruit, considerable complexity, excellent balance, and a lengthy, fruit-filled finish. This lengthy effort will benefit from 3-5 years of additional cellaring and drink well through 2026.
Andrew Will, located on Vashon Island, a short ferry-ride from Seattle, is where Chris Camarda fashions his blended, Bordeaux-style wines. These 2006s were reviewed in Issue 177 prior to their release along with the 2005s. I retasted the 2006s at the winery in May, 2009 and report on them again because they are the current releases. I was shown the 2007s of these four wines from a vintage Camarda considers ?a super year?. In each case, the 2007 is superior to its 2006 counterpart."
Wine Spectator 92
"Supple, generous and sharply focused, delivering a complex mouthful of cherry and plum fruit with elements of dried flowers, exotic spices and savory, meaty notes competing for attention. A nice lift of acidity drives the finish, which lingers impressively. Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2016. 1,262 cases made. "
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"Over the nearly quarter-century during which manifestly talented and straight-talking Chris Camarda has been making wine under his Andrew Will label (on Vashon Island south of Seattle) his approach – which has always favored modest alcohol and elegance over flamboyance – has evolved significantly in method as well as in focusing increasingly on single-vineyard expression." – David Schildknecht, Wine Advocate.
Winemaker Chris Camarda launched Andrew Will Cellars (Named after Chris's son Will and Nephew Andrew) with their inaugural 1989 vintage, working out of a humble 60' by 10' winery, and he has spent the last two decades producing some of Washington's most well respected wines. Structured, elegant, and age worthy, they are a singular voice that has never adjusted to chase scores or suit trends.
Although always a focus, Chris' attention to terroir has only intensified over time. Since 2001 he almost exclusive produces single vineyard blends as he feels this shows the terroir more clearly than a single varietal bottling. Currently he only sources from four vineyards that he feels provide the finest fruit, Champoux, Discovery, Two Blondes, and Ciel du Cheval.
All of the wines are treated more or less the same in the cellar; 25-35% new oak barrels, aged for around 21 months, followed by a year of aging in bottle. Production is around 4500 cases.