2012 Andrew Will "Sorella-Champoux Vineyard" Horse Heaven Hills Red Blend
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A wine that I think rivals the 2007 Sorella, the 2012 Sorella comes all from the Champoux Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA and is made from 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 13% Cabernet Franc. Aged 18 months in 35% new French oak, it has smoking notes of blackcurrants, black raspberry, toasted bread and spice-box to go with a full-bodied, awesomely concentration, yet layered, balanced profile on the palate. There’s a lot of tannin here, so short-term cellaring is advised. This beauty will have 2-3 decades of longevity and will stand toe-to-toe with some of the greatest Bordeaux blends out there. 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)
Wine & Spirits
The Sorella 2012 blend is two-thirds Cabernet Sauvignon, the vines close to 40 years old; the balance is Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The flavors are dense and dark, vibrant cassis and black plum dusted with a fine powdered mineral glaze, the Cabernet as much a feeling as a flavor. Everything is guided by a firm textural line, lean, refined, as elegant as a tailored suit, the finish firm and nimble at once. It’s Cabernet at its most effortless.
Bright medium ruby. Superripe aromas of blackberry, cassis, mocha, coffee and molten bitter chocolate, complemented by nutty oak tones. Plush, dense and fine-grained, offer outstanding concentration and a lightly saline character to the flavors of dark berries, mocha and coffee. Nicely vinous for all its ripeness even if it doesn’t show quite the lift or grip of the Champoux Vineyard blend. The big, tongue-dusting tannins arrive late, allowing the fruit to glisten on the long finish. This has plenty of structure to support a graceful evolution in bottle. (ST)
Crisp in texture, with good density to the black cherry, red plum, roasted meat and spice flavors, coming together deftly on the refined, elegant finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. (HS)