2012 Andrew Will "Champoux Vineyard" Horse Heaven Hills Proprietary Red
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
One of the more backwards, structured efforts, the 2012 Champoux Vineyard is a blend of 64% Cabernet Franc, 22% Merlot and 14% Cabernet Sauvignon that was raised in 35% new French oak. Full-bodied, serious and loaded with tannin, it offers impressive currant and darker fruits, tobacco leaf and crushed rock like aromas and flavors that continue to gain depth and richness with time in the glass. It should hit full maturity at around age 10, and nicely for a decade or more after that. 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. Chris continues to think 2007 is his best vintage (we tasted his 2007 Sorrella during the visit and it’s an incredible wine) to date, and he describes 2012 as a “bigger 2008.” Nevertheless, I think these 2012s will rival the 2007s in another 4-5 years. (JD)
(64% Cabernet Franc, 22% Merlot and 14% Cabernet Sauvignon): Bright ruby-red. Brooding aromas of blackberry, cassis, black cherry and chocolate, with a hint of violet lift from the Cabernet Franc. Supple, saline and vinous, offering superb energy and definition to its concentrated purple fruit and cocoa powder flavors. Conveys a strong impression of soil character. Finishes with a firm spine of fine-grained tannins and terrific verve and length. An outstanding showing today. (ST)
Wine & Spirits
The 2012 Champoux is about two-thirds Cabernet Franc, with the balance Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s dark and warm at the outset, with scents of plums glazed with warm brown sugar, a hint of mocha emerging with air. The texture is a marvel, dark, suave, as plush as suede, with a lean mineral frame that gives the wine its length and gravitas. Cellar it for a year, then serve with steak.
Bright and tangy, with a sharp edge to the red pepper-accented red berry flavors, followed by blueberry and plum notes that emerge gradually. Finishes with finesse against fine tannins. Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2018. 710 cases made. (HS, Web-2015)