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2008 Andrew Will Winery Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Red Mountain
Producer: Andrew Will Winery
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Bordeaux Blend
Region: Columbia Valley
92(+?) Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2010
(36% merlot and 32% each cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon) Good deep red-ruby. Musky aromas of currant, smoked meat and coffee. Juicy, spicy and bright, with firm acids giving definition and lift to the soil-driven flavors of currant, black cherry and cocoa powder. Quite primary and tight, and seriously tannic on the back end, where the wine's slightly exotic flavors really saturate the mouth. This boasts superb potential. (Chris Camarda was not ready to show his other 2008 reds, as he did not plan to release them until next spring.) Incidentally, Camarda presented a vertical collection of his Ciel du Cheval Vineyard wine in Seattle in July, and it was clear that he has taken these wines to a higher level beginning with 2006 (and especially 2007), but I also gave high marks to past vintages like '05, '03, '01 and '00. I also raised my score for the 2007 to 93 points, from 92 in Issue 147. These wines, classic and often austere in the early going, demand, and repay, five to seven years of bottle aging.
92 Points | Wine Spectator
93 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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