Andrew Will Sorella 2017
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97 points The Wine Advocate: "A resounding success, the deep ruby-colored 2017 Sorella displays beautiful purple highlights and explodes from the glass with aromas of blackberry, cigar box and dried tobacco with hints of graphite and dusty purple flowers. Full-bodied, the wine is ripe and round, with an immaculate mouthfeel, showing an impressive depth of flavor. With succulent red and black fruit expressions and soft cinnamon spice tones from oak, the wine is a whirlwind of complexity across the mid-palate. Emerging with a balanced structure and lifted tannic backbone, the wine lingers with persistence and intention, as flavors of dusty bitter dark chocolate, black plum and spiced dark cherries flutter across the finish. Bravo, this is absolutely stunning and will drink amazingly for the next two decades to come."
Of course there's power—it is Washington Cabernet—yet Sorella's strength has always been found in its regal elegance, its ability to showcase the gorgeous fruit purity from legendary vines. The '17 is immediately captivating thanks to super-expressive aromas which pull you into the silky, seamless cascade of magnificent Champoux fruit. Exceptional balance carries the day—it never feels heavy, slowly unfurling its structure with successive sips. I would open one now for the pure pleasure of it, knowing that any bottles you cellar are guaranteed to shine for many (many) years to come. 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot. -Marcus
2014 vintage notes
97 points Wine Advocate: "Cassis, smoked earth, graphite and chocolate all emerge from this rich, full-bodied, concentrated, gorgeously layered beauty that has sweet tannin, beautiful purity and a great finish. This is a sensational wine, and it’s going to be interesting to see how this stacks up with the 2007 and 2012 at maturity."
Sensational indeed!! Beautifully stacked with cassis, crushed black berry, and subtle ribbons of red fruits, it displays a creamy-supple texture that makes it already irresistible with exquisite balance. It's Sorella, so you know it's going to age if you choose that route. From some of Washington's oldest vines in Champoux Vineyard, 74% Cabernet, 11% each Cabernet Franc and Merlot, 2% each Petit Verdot and Malbec. - Marcus
2012 vintage notes
96 points Wine Advocate: "...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. There’s 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 I’ve tasted from him and they have everything; texture, richness, balance and structure."
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."
2010 vintage notes
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 vintage notes
Sorella '09 opens with a pitch black, lusciously deep and fleshy, gushing array of black berry, cassis, blueberry, and graphite flecks. Palate-staining, the layered finish is remarkably supple and harmonious. I love the depth it displays on the finish. Of all, that's ALL Washington wines, none has a finer pedigree than Sorella, boasting an average vine age of 33 years, all from the oldest plantings in Champoux Vineyard. - Marcus