Andrew Will

Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Cabernet Franc - Merlot Blend

9.1203 ratings
9.152 pro ratings
Red Mountain, Columbia Valley, Oregon/Washington, USA
Cabernet Franc, Merlot
Top Notes For
MICHAEL COOPER

Owner TomeVinos wine shops, WSET Level 3, Blogger www.spanishwinesandmore.com, blog.tomevinos.com

9.0

Gamey on the nose and slightly overripe or very very ripe fruit. Not my vibe. It’s good. Don’t get me wrong, but overpriced. #washingtoncab #washington #washingtonwine #cabfranc #merlot

Gamey on the nose and slightly overripe or very very ripe fruit. Not my vibe. It’s good. Don’t get me wrong, but overpriced. #washingtoncab #washington #washingtonwine #cabfranc #merlot

Feb 8th, 2020
Daniel P. Drake

This was from last Friday night at a gathering of friends we opened the 2010 Andrew Will Ciel du Cheval Vinyard Red Wine. A Bordeaux Blend of 52%Merlot and 48% Cabernet Franc.

On the nose was black cherry, raspberry, cassis, chocolate, violets, graphite and dusty soil.

On the palate was good dark fruit, black cherry, blackberry, plum, black currant, licorice, bell pepper, spice, mocha, minerality and earthiness.

This wine is medium to full bodied with mediu + acidity and medium fine tannins that lead to a long dusty dark fruit finish. This wine seemed to be the hit of the night and was enjoyed by all. Please be safe and have a great weekend. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷

This was from last Friday night at a gathering of friends we opened the 2010 Andrew Will Ciel du Cheval Vinyard Red Wine. A Bordeaux Blend of 52%Merlot and 48% Cabernet Franc.

On the nose was black cherry, raspberry, cassis, chocolate, violets, graphite and dusty soil.

On the palate was good dark fruit, black cherry, blackberry, plum, black currant, licorice, bell pepper, spice, mocha, minerality and earthiness.

This wine is medium to full bodied with mediu + acidity and medium fine tannins that lead to a long dusty dark fruit finish. This wine seemed to be the hit of the night and was enjoyed by all. Please be safe and have a great weekend. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷

Nov 14th, 2019
Matt Sterr

Still lovely after 14 years.

Still lovely after 14 years.

Apr 6th, 2018
Daniel P. Drake

Last night with friends our second wine was another beautiful Bordeaux Blend a Right Bank Blend this time also from the Ciel du Cheval Vineyard. The 2010 Andrew Will Ciel du Cheval Red Blend 52% Merlot and 48% Cabernet Franc. Andrew Will from Vashon Island, Washington is one of my favorite producers. Chris Camarda since 1989 has blended wine and his wine he says "I am not interested in the similarities of my winesbut the differences. The different identities of our vineyards and varietals which explore the identity of Washington State as distinct as California or Bordeaux." I think he does this very well.

On the nose I got black cherry, red raspberry, cassis, fresh herbs, violets and fresh earthy soil.

On the palate there is black cherry, blackberry, blueberry, black currant, licorice, green bell pepper, iron and rich tolled soil.

The wine is medium to full bodied with medium + acidity, medium + soft velvety tannins that lead to a long excellent complex finish. Have a great coming week, be safe and continued well wishes. Nostrovia!🍷🍷🍷🍷

Last night with friends our second wine was another beautiful Bordeaux Blend a Right Bank Blend this time also from the Ciel du Cheval Vineyard. The 2010 Andrew Will Ciel du Cheval Red Blend 52% Merlot and 48% Cabernet Franc. Andrew Will from Vashon Island, Washington is one of my favorite producers. Chris Camarda since 1989 has blended wine and his wine he says "I am not interested in the similarities of my winesbut the differences. The different identities of our vineyards and varietals which explore the identity of Washington State as distinct as California or Bordeaux." I think he does this very well.

On the nose I got black cherry, red raspberry, cassis, fresh herbs, violets and fresh earthy soil.

On the palate there is black cherry, blackberry, blueberry, black currant, licorice, green bell pepper, iron and rich tolled soil.

The wine is medium to full bodied with medium + acidity, medium + soft velvety tannins that lead to a long excellent complex finish. Have a great coming week, be safe and continued well wishes. Nostrovia!🍷🍷🍷🍷

Oct 22nd, 2017
Mike Coffey

Independent Wine Consultant & Sommelier

9.3

Great balance and character, a beautiful creation from a blending varietal.

Great balance and character, a beautiful creation from a blending varietal.

Aug 31st, 2017
Anthony Lombardi

Nose jumps out right away. Black cherry & floral notes. Full bodied right bank blend. Delicious red fruit with some darker tones lingering. Powerful with precision & concentration. A touch of mocha on the finish. Cab Franc from this vineyard is magical.

52% Merlot 48% Cabernet Franc

Nose jumps out right away. Black cherry & floral notes. Full bodied right bank blend. Delicious red fruit with some darker tones lingering. Powerful with precision & concentration. A touch of mocha on the finish. Cab Franc from this vineyard is magical.

52% Merlot 48% Cabernet Franc

2 people found it helpfulOct 5th, 2014
Michael Chelus

Blackberry, raspberry preserves, currant, cherry, vanilla and oak. Great structure and moderate tannins.

Blackberry, raspberry preserves, currant, cherry, vanilla and oak. Great structure and moderate tannins.

1 person found it helpfulDec 26th, 2018
Shay A
9.2

Andrew Will wine tasting tonight at the storage facility. My knowledge and experience with WA state wines is small, so this was a great evening to learn and enjoy some very good wines.

Lots of dust and grittiness here. The nose is all fruit but the palate and finish is more savory. This is almost equal parts Merlot and cab franc. No green pepper. This needs a few years to really be properly enjoyed. I liked the potential of this wine more than any of the others.

Andrew Will wine tasting tonight at the storage facility. My knowledge and experience with WA state wines is small, so this was a great evening to learn and enjoy some very good wines.

Lots of dust and grittiness here. The nose is all fruit but the palate and finish is more savory. This is almost equal parts Merlot and cab franc. No green pepper. This needs a few years to really be properly enjoyed. I liked the potential of this wine more than any of the others.

1 person found it helpfulSep 27th, 2017
Matt Sterr

OLDER

OLDER

Dec 17th, 2016
Bryant Bickel

So well balanced , Andrew Will still crushing it, yes I know his name is Chris.

So well balanced , Andrew Will still crushing it, yes I know his name is Chris.

Nov 1st, 2016