2012 Andrew Will "Ciel du Cheval Vineyard" Red Mountain Washington Red Wine
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Another killer wine from Chris, the 2012 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard is made from 50% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Cabernet Franc, all of which spent 18 months in 35% new French oak. It exhibits classic minerality and dried herbs to go with complex leather, lavender, currants and sweet black cherry fruit. This gives way to a full-bodied, big-boned and layered 2012 that has no shortage of tannin and a great mid-palate. From one of the top terroirs in Red Mountain and with roughly 900 cases produced, it’s one of those don’t miss wines, and even at the price, it’s still a great value. 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)
Dense and rich in texture, packed with black cherry, dark plum, sage and bay leaf flavors that course smoothly into the long and expressive finish against firm tannins. Offers presence and depth. (HS, Web-2015)
Saturated medium ruby. Superripe aromas of black cherry, dark chocolate and black walnut. Lush, sweet and chocolatey, with some very ripe notes to its dark fruit and nutty oak flavors. A bit musclebound and unrefined today, in need of time in bottle to shed some of its baby fat. Finishes with big, chewy, tongue-dusting tannins and repeating notes of burnished oak. (ST)
Wine & Spirits
This is a half Merlot blended with Cabernets Franc and Sauvignon, and it’s the Merlot that leads in dark red fruit accented by cedar and cinnamon. The flavors are heady, with plenty of weight and extraction.