Andrew Will

Ciel du Cheval Vineyard

2018
Red Mountain
Columbia Valley
Washington
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Varietals
Merlot, Cabernet Franc
$70
Flavors
Plum Plum
Mineral Mineral
Dark Chocolate Dark Chocolate
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Palate Character

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COLOR
Red/Violet Tinge
BODY
TANNIN
ACIDITY
SWEET
ALCOH.
14.5%
GRAPE(S)
Merlot, Cabernet Franc
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Why this wine made the cut…
In a sea of domestic Merlot mediocrity, this is your lighthouse 
Vashon, Washington
GRAPE VARIETAL(S)
Merlot
57% Mer-LO
It would be easier to detail where Merlot is not grown than vice-versa, as it is one of the most widely planted grapes in the world. Depending on the terroir, the style can vary quite a bit. Generally, Merlot is fleshy and more fruit driven and with less aggressive tannins than its oft more austere blending partner, Cabernet Sauvignon, which also makes it more accessible in its youth. The quality and character can vary from crowd pleasing sweet plummy fruit to extraordinary complex velvety texture of a great right bank Bordeaux.
Cabernet Franc
43% Ca-ber-NAY FRANK
Cabernet Franc is grown all over the world, but the best expressions are generally found in France, specifically in the Loire, South West, and Bordeaux as a key part of many blends. Medium bodied and more aromatic than Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc’s aromas can have an herbaceous tinge depending on the ripeness level.
Country / State
Washington
Region
Columbia Valley
Sub Region
Red Mountain
Producer
Andrew Will
Winemaker(s)
Chris Camarda
Vintage
2018
Andrew Will Vineyard & WineryAndrew Will Vineyard & Winery

Andrew Will

Vashon, Washington

In 1989, Chris Camarda started the Andrew Will Winery in a tiny, makeshift 600-square foot facility. The winery has grown into a boutique winery making 4500 cases per year of some of Washington’s finest wines. 

Andrew Will, father and son in wineryAndrew Will, father and son in winery
Andrew Will's Harvest of grapesAndrew Will's Harvest of grapes

Mr. Camarda carefully sources grapes from the best vineyards across Washington, focusing on an old-school approach with the terroir as guiding light. He then blends his wines from different sites, with a focus on creating a wine where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. 

When Mr. Camarda started the winery, he named it after his son Andrew and nephew Will who recently took over the primary winemaking duties, continuing a legacy of making compelling and age-worthy merlot and cabernet.