2012 Andrew Will "Two Blondes Vineyard" Yakima Valley Bordeaux Blend

SKU #1262887 93 points 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)  (6/2015)

93 points Wine Spectator

 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)  (10/2015)

92 points Vinous

 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)  (12/2014)

90 points 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.  (12/2015)

Jancis Robinson

 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)  (5/2015)

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- Washington has become one of the most important wine producing states in the United States, and development continues to grow rapidly. In 1969, when California was exploding as a wine producer, Washington had only two wineries, but by 2000 that number had passed 100. Most of Washington's grape crop goes to uses other than wine. Merlot and Chardonnay have been the most successful in Washington. It's interesting to note that Washington's prime wine regions are located at 46° north, along the same latitude as the legendary French wine districts of Bordeaux and Burgundy. During the summer, Washington averages more than two hours more sunlight each day compared to California.