(2006 Vintage) Andrew Will Winery was started in 1989 and is owned by Chris Camarda. The winery was launched out of a love for wine that Chris had developed while working in the restaurant trade for almost 20 years. Named after the Camardas’ son Will and nephew Andrew, Andrew Will has been a major contributor to the success and notoriety in recent years of Washington State wines. This vineyard has again stood up to its reputation as one of the best in Washington. The Ciel de Cheval 2005 is very dark and the nose is raspberry, tar and a lingering scent of flowers and forest coupled with an almost palpable mineral quality. read more...The early sophistication of the nose is upheld by the serene middle plate and enticing finish. 93 points from Robert Parker. (hide)
winemaker's notes: A blend of 19% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Cabernet Franc, 40% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot. We were right to hold this wine back from it's usual release date in the early fall. Already, it is starting to show the startling balance and beautiful austerity which are the hallmarks for Ciel du Cheval wines. Each year, we experience the paradox of perfectly ripened Merlot and Cabernet Franc in this warmer Cabernet site. This year is no exception. This wine has an almost obsessive appeal. For me the difficulty in describing the qualities in the wine is best overcome if the wine is seen as something magical and taken for that. alcohol by volume: 14.5% critical acclaim: "This is darn near perfect, a matchless expression of berries, dotted with chocolate, vanilla and butterscotch. The berry flavors, highlighted with crisp acids, strike a pure note and ring true over a long, long finish. The blend is 40% Merlot, 37% Cab Franc, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot. Great concentration, finesse and length." 95 Points Wine Enthusiast "The 2006 Ciel du Cheval, from the Red Mountain AVA known for its tannic, age-worthy fruit, is purple-colored with a fragrant perfume of cedar, smoke, black currant and blackberry liqueur. This is followed by a medium to full-bodied wine with outstanding depth and grip, mouth coating flavors, and a lengthy finish. The well-concealed tannins suggest that it will evolve for 4-6 years and drink well through 2026." 93 Points The Wine Advocate "Bright ruby-red. Raspberry, redcurrant, minerals and dried herbs on the nose; less high-toned than the 2005. Juicy, bright and intense, with lovely precision to its primary flavors. Offers a terrific tight core of fruit and harmonious ripe acidity. A step up from the earlier vintage in lift. Finishes broad, with very suave tannins." 93 Points International Wine Cellar "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." 92 Points Wine Spectator
Rich and full and velvety. 5 stars. Wineclub present. From Co-op
Wine & Spirits(2006 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Wine & Spirits Magazine on 06/09. This muscular blend of mostly cabernet franc and merlot, with a touch of cabernet sauvignon and petit verdot, is showing all sorts of raw power. Its aromas carry Red Mountain's classic blue fruit, accompanied by a fine, slightly sweet oak note. Its flavors are tense yet unabashed, with black cherry and sweet plum firmed up by ferrous tannins that suggest black tea and dark minerals. Still youthful, it needs plenty of time in bottle before serving with a steak.