2013 Andrew Will "Sorella" Horse Heaven Hills Red Blend (Elsewhere $80) SKU #1324793

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W&S 95 JG 94 JS 94
RP 94 VN 93 WE 92
WS 92
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K&L Notes

Winemaker's Notes: "This Cabernet Sauvignon dominant red blend shows how Champoux Vineyard continues to produce some of the highest quality fruit in Washington state. This full-bodied wine offers up a bouquet of cassis, dark fruit and graphite. On the palate the wine shows of well-integrated tannins, bright acids leading to a long and memorable finish. Once again the 2013 vintage shows us why Sorella is our flagship wine. 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 6% PV/Malbec. From 37 year old vines."

Staff Reviews

  • Sharon Kelly
    By: Sharon Kelly
    K&L Staff Member
    A bold yet classy red with robust, ripe fruits and some classic signs of a Bordeaux blend; cedar, tobacco, and spice. I really enjoy how the lush flavors and gentle tannic grip wraps around the palate, with a persistent and memorable finish. As my colleagues report, decanting recommended. Also a very cellar-worthy purchase.
  • Stefanie Juelsgaard
    By: Stefanie Juelsgaard
    K&L Staff Member
    This is a lovely, juicy, approachable take on a Washington Bordeaux blend. Not falling into either the rich, high-alcohol Napa camp, nor the brambly, lean Bordeaux camp, this wine showcases great balance of fruit with herbal and savory character. Lasting just long enough while not being heavy or bitter on the palate, this wine would go perfectly with steak dinner.
  • Ryan Kewin
    By: Ryan Kewin
    K&L Staff Member
    This full bodied elegant wine starts with notes of ripe juicy raspberry, as it breathes it opens up with black cherry, cola nut and dark chocolate. Its acidity perfectly brings together the fruit with the soft, lasting tannins. This wine is going to just keep getting better as time goes on.
  • Joe Manekin
    By: Joe Manekin
    K&L Staff Member
    A terrific example of what old vines (in this case from Champoux vineyard) are capable of in eastern Washington, this Cab blend shows warm aromas of fruit and hints of dried herbs and a structured palate. In terms of the quality of the fruit and tannins this is so different from Sonoma and Napa Cab, with a drier palate impression and a solid structure that betrays its $50 price. A strong cellar candidate for all you Cab fans out there..
  • Anthony Russo
    By: Anthony Russo
    K&L Staff Member
    Worth every bit of the price, especially when scrolling through the "Domestic Cabs" section, this predominantly cabernet blend from the Horse Heaven Hills AVA of Washington shines with its high-toned purity and aromas. Without lacking depth on the palate, the smells fill your nostrils with plums, red licorice, roses, and a blast of elegantly candied red fruits that would make you steal them from a baby.
  • Kaj Stromer
    By: Kaj Stromer
    K&L Staff Member
    Coming fresh off our Grand Bordeaux tasting of last week, I thought it a fascinating study to revisit this top Bordeaux style blend from Washington State. Andrew Will has a solid reputation for making world class Bordeaux style blends and this wine is no exception. It captures what I love about Bordeaux; notes of tobacco, red and black currant, and a touch of toasty oak. But it also reveals its uniqueness-of-place in how it incorporates its access to a long warm growing season. Ultimately, you wind up with a wine that suggests a top flight Pauillac (Lynch-Bages?) being made in the new world. I would recommend you decant this wine for an hour in advance but feel free to open and serve as it is accessible at five years old. Very impressive indeed. I must second the words of critic John Gilman, “A great wine in the making.” Thought it might be there now!
  • James Bradshaw
    By: James Bradshaw
    K&L Staff Member
    Every red I've had from Champoux Vineyard has bowled me over and this stunning 2013 is no exception. Big and bold, it serves up ample flavors of black cherry, blackberry, plum, and cassis. The rush of fruit is only part of the story here, as this 2013 is also beautifully accented by notes of coffee, tobacco, black pepper, and wood spice. Not unlike a top red from Pauillac, this blockbuster red shows impeccable, poise, balance, and structure. Andrew Will continues to be one of the top wineries in Washington and this "Sorella" shows why. For fans of Cabs with tons of personality, this is a sure-fire winner.
  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    K&L Staff Member
    A typically powerful, brooding, intense wine from Andrew Will. The 2013 Sorella is almost monolithic at this youthful stage but it easy to see the pedigree, purity and refinement in this 20+ year wine. Tightly wound smoky black fruits, scorched earth, dried herbs, pipe tobacco and briary notes. The tannins are muscular but interwoven with sleek, polished ripe fruit and perfectly integrated oak. After time in the decanter the nose broadens and gives more floral notes, hedgerow and blackberry. Clearly a wine with world class potential that is worthy of a spot in any cellar. We're delighted to be offering it at by far the best price in the country after taking a serious position on this epic wine.
    Drink from 2020 to 2040
  • Ryan Moses
    By: Ryan Moses
    K&L Staff Member
    Andrew Will is one of the reference-point producers for ageworthy, refined Bordeaux Blends that outperform their price - from Washington State and well beyond. Sorella is their top bottling and is often reserved a spot among the top Bordeaux Blends of any given vintage. The nose hints at a compact, deep wine and is not to dissimilar from a top vintage Bordeaux. The textural refinement is immediately apparent on the palate with cascading deep red fruits and a bright acidity that carries it deftly. A resounding finish begs for an accompanying meal, but it is compelling on its own. In my experience, Andrew Will's wines deserve a few hours' decant to really show what they're made of, but this is a testament to the structure and capacity to age. This recent parcel also comes with a jaw-dropping price. Don't miss it.


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