99 Point Cabernet Greatness: Sorella

Andrew Will Sorella 2016 is one of the greatest American Cabernets. When we do the important math–vine age+rating+price–the not-so-hypothetical question flashes: is it the greatest American Cab under $100?

The 2016's 1-point-from-perfection rating (that's 99) notches it as the highest rated Sorella ever. Having tasted all but the first handful of Sorellas upon release, we'll tell you definitively that the score is no fluke. Even the winery, in their classically understated way, are trying to tell us how good Sorella '16 is: "This vintage of Sorella will be the type of wine that has been praised as one of the best vintages since its inception in 1994."

When we're in the presence of greatness, we call it. If Sorella were a Napa Cab or Bordeaux with this rating and price, it would have been sold out years before release. Instead, we are thrilled to offer it today...while supply lasts!

$79.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($89.95 regular)

99 points Jeb Dunnuck: Flirting with perfection, the 2016 Sorella checks in as 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% each of Cabernet Franc and Merlot, and the balance Petit Verdot. Coming all from the Champoux Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills, its saturated purple color is followed by a La Mission Haut Brion-like bouquet of black and blue fruits, gravelly minerality, smoke tobacco, and chocolate. Deep, multi-dimensional, full-bodied, and with beautiful complexity, it’s a magical wine as well as the finest wine from this estate to date. Bravo!"

Us: Now this is some heavy flirting. There is so much to love already--the perfect partnership of power and elegance, purity and complexity. The word "awesome" is overused in our vocabulary and should be saved for things like Sorella '16. Awesome!!
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Not to be outdone, its sister Champoux Vineyard '16 is also the highest rated Champoux ever at 97!

$69.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($79.95 regular)

97 points Jeb Dunnuck: "50% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 20% Cabernet Franc, all aged 18 months in just 25% new French oak. Young, full-bodied, and primordial, it has incredible potential but is going to need 4-5 years of bottle age. Thrilling notes of blueberries, cassis, lead pencil shavings, and bouquet garni all define the bouquet and it has remarkable purity and elegance. It picks up more floral and high-toned notes with time in the glass and is a brilliant bottle of wine that will keep for 2-3 decades."

Us: Of course Cabernet-based blends get all the love but I'm strongly encouraging you to give this tremendous blend a chance! I disagree with the need to give it years of age–I found it incredibly captivating, pillowy-creamy goodness in a glass. Red, blue, and black fruit tones, pastry notes, an exotic note I couldn't quite name but was enthralled with. Also from the 40-ish year-old vines in Champoux.