Very cherry, with nice vanilla. Classic cab in many ways but the finish is notable. Supremely easy to drink. — 3 days ago
I’m excited about this acclaimed Washington State Bordeaux blend from Andrew Will, named after the founder’s (Chris Camarda’s) nephew, Andrew, and son, Will (now winemaker).
Sorella is a single vineyard wine coming from the Champoux Vineyard, just five miles from the Columbia River, in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA of Columbia Valley, Washington. This particular wine was named Sorella – meaning sister in Italian – a tribute to the winemaker’s late sister when it was first produced in 1994.
It is comprised of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot.
This is a deep ruby wine.
On the nose it has medium(+) intensity of developing aromas. Aromas include baked blackberry, cassis, black cherry, also potpourri, licorice, green bell pepper, chervil, anise, black licorice, black pepper, clove, leather, earth, and sweet tobacco.
On the palate, this wine is dry. It has medium acidity, a medium(+) body, medium alcohol, medium(+) tannins, and medium intensity of flavors consistent with the nose. This wine has a medium(+) finish.
Andrew Will, Sorella, Champoux Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills, Washington. Vintage 2011. ABV 13%. — 21 days ago
2018 vintage tasted June 2021. If I were to blind-taste this wine, I would have never guessed it’s a Cab! I think I’d say it was some sort of weird blend of Pinotage and Merlot. But if the tasting judge pulled off the wrapper, I would smack my forehead in embarrassment and exclaim, “of course it’s a Cab, but it’s soooo unique!” The tannic structure is not what you get from a Cab from its optimal growing regions (Napa, Sonoma, Coonawarra). The body is lighter, and its medium tannic structure lets a lot of spice through. I don’t think it’s quite as good as the 2016 vintage, but I have to give it same 9.8 rating which I gave the 2016. Maybe I should edit my 2016 rating and push it up to 9.9? (I’ve never given a wine a 10 or even a 9.9, but maybe I’m being too much of a wine snob?) Anyway, I taste so few wines at this level of sophistication that I worry I am underrating it and that I’m not damning it with faint 9.8 praise.
This wine is young, but I’m sure it will be fully drinkable in 20 years (long after I’m gone!). But I’m not sure it will get any better with age—rather it will only change from great to a different great.
Tasting notes: cinnamon and blackberries on the nose. Dry red fruit on the front. Medium tannic structure—not silky, but not puckery. It has a long finish with all sorts of spicy post-orgasmic pleasures.￼
All I can say is, if it you can get yourself on the Quilceda Creek mailing list, you will be blessed, and you will be one of the coolest wine drinkers around.￼ — 15 days ago
A mellow full bodied Cab. I'm typically not a Cab fan but I like this. — 5 days ago
Black cherry, plum, raspberry, red licorice , and green herbs on the nose. rich but lifted on the palate. Rich, dark red and black fruits are ripe but ripe, and mixed with espresso and dark chocolate. A little bit of graphite adds minerality. Tannins grip but are ripe.
#sample — 12 days ago
Another sleeper...go get some of this before the price jumps. This red blend has great body and just enough tannins to keep the pallet moving forward with every bite you take. This one will handle moderately spicy foods...including seafood that’s mildly spicy and fresh. — 3 months ago
Nice silky tannins, inky, Bordeaux like beauty from Washington state. Great value! A lot of mid palate, graphite/minerals, followed by a long finish. Still quite young, good for many years. Opened in June 2021. — 6 days ago
It's time for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a delicious one from Knights Valley.
Pretty color of dark ruby with a brick rim.
Beautiful nose of black currants, cooked cherries, black plums, figs, raisins, vanilla, cedar, cola, Indian spices, earth, chocolates, black pepper, pencil lead, turmeric, cumin and tobacco.
Medium plus in body and elegant, with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, dried figs, cedar, vanilla, leather, spices, earth, chocolates, tobacco, light herbs, cola, turmeric, graphite, dark coffee and peppercorn.
Long finish with fine grained tannins, spices and cherries.
This is a wonderful Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County. Showing great complexity and a nice mouthfeel. Nicely balanced with a long, smooth finish.
Good right out of the bottle, but so much better after 3 hours of airtime, when the complexity shows up. Worth the wait.
Loved the nose, and kept smelling on it for a while. Tastes very much like a Napa Cabernet.
This Single Vineyard from the great 2014 vintage is rich, yet elegant. Fruit forward, deep and smooth. Tasty and delicious. Alcohol is nicely integrated by now.
Thank you David for sharing this with me.
A great sipping wine that doesn't need food at all. Will continue to age nicely in the next 7 to 10 years.
Aged for 30 months in 90% new French oak barrels.
15.4% alcohol by volume.
$88. — a day ago