2012 Andrew Will "Two Blondes Vineyard" Yakima Valley Bordeaux Blend
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
One of the best vintages for this cuvee to date, the 2012 Two Blonds Vineyard (50% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Cabernet Franc) offers brilliant notes of black raspberry, currants, mint, leafy herbs and toasted spice. A classic Bordeaux blend from Washington, this beauty has medium to full-bodied richness, superb purity of fruit and an elegant, seamless style that will allow it to drink nicely today, yet also evolve nicely for 15 years or more. 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)
Supple, expressive and focused, with a core of juicy blackberry, currant and apricot pushing through a veil of peppery, earthy, savory notes. Finishes with a sleek texture and refreshing balance. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2016 through 2022. (HS)
Healthy dark red. Black raspberry, blueberry, graphite and rocks on the showy nose, complicated by smoky and meaty nuances; smells sweeter and distinctly wilder than the Mays’ Discovery bottling. Plush, sweet and fine-grained but with lovely integrated acidity giving shape to the flavors of black raspberry, licorice and stone. Offers terrific palate coverage without any heaviness. This distinctly primary wine finishes with firm but fine tannins and excellent length. Has the balance to reward mid-term cellaring. 92+? (ST)
Wine & Spirits
Scents of consommé and cassis lead in this blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Two Blondes is always a blue-fruited beast and in 2012 it doesn’t disappoint, the finish recalling Malbec in its piney, purplish hue.
50% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc. Quite creamy oak at first, pliable tannins, ripe fruit - yet very dark and brooding too. Has all the signature seriousness of this producer, but with more accessibility than usual. (RH)