2013 Andrew Will "Sorella" Horse Heaven Hills Red Blend (Elsewhere $80)

SKU #1324793 95 points Wine & Spirits

 Inky and dark when first poured, Chris Camarda’s top selection in 2013 feels massive at first pass; it’s mostly Cabernet drawn from the old-vine blocks at Champoux. With air its flavors turn a corner, as much savory as dark-fruited, leaning toward crushed pink peppercorn and ground sumac, with textures that seem to reflect that vine age in the finesse of their suave tannins. Those tannins carry a dusty minerality that is saturating but not heavy in the least. Cellar, then serve with beef tenderloin.  (12/2016)

94 points John Gilman

 The 2013 vintage of Sorella is once again based primarily on Cabernet Sauvignon, which is a strength in this hot summer, as this grape tended to ripe later and really had a chance to develop more complexity over the last few weeks of hang time. The Sorella blend this year is seventy-eight percent Cabernet Sauvignon, ten percent Merlot, six percent Cabernet Franc and the remainder a mix of Malbec and Petit Verdot. The bouquet is deep, pure and nicely reserved in profile (a rarity in the 2013 vintage), offering up a complex constellation of cassis, dark berry, espresso, a touch of tobacco leaf, dark soil tones, cigar smoke, currant leaf and a discreet framing of spicy oak. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, focused and rock solid at the core, with ripe, well-integrated tannins, excellent balance and grip and a very long, nascently complex and very classy finish. This does not share the touch of opulence of the other Andrew Will 2013s, as this has the sophisticated structure and purity that was the hallmark of the previous vintage here. By the way, this also is listed at 14.5 percent octane, but carries its alcohol very well indeed. A great wine in the making. 94+  (9/2016)

94 points James Suckling

 Complex aromas and flavors of blackberries and blueberries with hints of coffee beans and chocolate. Full-bodied, layered and flavorful. Some black-olive undertones.  (5/2018)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Made from a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petite Verdot that spent 18 months in barrel (35% new), the fabulously concentrated, rich 2013 Sorella has the deepest color of the lineup; it has ample black and blue fruits, graphite, bouquet garni and spring flower-like aromas and flavors. Possessing bright acidity, full-bodied richness, solid mid-palate concentration and ripe tannin, it has the balance and purity to offer pleasure today, but should be at it's best from 2020-2033. (JD)  (6/2016)

93 points Vinous

 Bright dark ruby. High-pitched aromas of blackberry, violet, sweet spices and bitter chocolate. Superconcentrated and suave, showing superb acidity and energy and a sexy oak component to the broad flavors of sweet dark berries and mocha. Finishes seamless and very long, with serious ripe, horizontal tannins and a late hint of white chocolate. All of these wines get around 40% new oak, with Taransaud being Chris Camarda's preferred barrel supplier. (ST)  (11/2015)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Cabernet Sauvignon makes up a little over three-quarters of this blend, with Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot rounding it out. The aromas start out brooding, with notes of pencil lead, black currant, flowers and green herb. The palate is focused, dense and textured, bringing an exquisite sense of balance along with a lengthy finish. *Cellar Selection* (SS)  (2/2017)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Smoky, spicy notes weave through the supple plum and cherry flavors in this deftly balanced wine, finishing with enough muscle to keep the finish rolling. The tannins need time to soften. (HS)  (6/2016)

K&L Notes

Winemaker's Notes: "This Cabernet Sauvignon dominant red blend shows how Champoux Vineyard continues to produce some of the highest quality fruit in Washington state. This full-bodied wine offers up a bouquet of cassis, dark fruit and graphite. On the palate the wine shows of well-integrated tannins, bright acids leading to a long and memorable finish. Once again the 2013 vintage shows us why Sorella is our flagship wine. 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 6% PV/Malbec. From 37 year old vines."

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By: Sharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/9/2018 | Send Email
A bold yet classy red with robust, ripe fruits and some classic signs of a Bordeaux blend; cedar, tobacco, and spice. I really enjoy how the lush flavors and gentle tannic grip wraps around the palate, with a persistent and memorable finish. As my colleagues report, decanting recommended. Also a very cellar-worthy purchase.

By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/9/2018 | Send Email
This is a lovely, juicy, approachable take on a Washington Bordeaux blend. Not falling into either the rich, high-alcohol Napa camp, nor the brambly, lean Bordeaux camp, this wine showcases great balance of fruit with herbal and savory character. Lasting just long enough while not being heavy or bitter on the palate, this wine would go perfectly with steak dinner.

By: Ryan Kewin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/9/2018 | Send Email
This full bodied elegant wine starts with notes of ripe juicy raspberry, as it breathes it opens up with black cherry, cola nut and dark chocolate. Its acidity perfectly brings together the fruit with the soft, lasting tannins. This wine is going to just keep getting better as time goes on.

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/9/2018 | Send Email
A terrific example of what old vines (in this case from Champoux vineyard) are capable of in eastern Washington, this Cab blend shows warm aromas of fruit and hints of dried herbs and a structured palate. In terms of the quality of the fruit and tannins this is so different from Sonoma and Napa Cab, with a drier palate impression and a solid structure that betrays its $50 price. A strong cellar candidate for all you Cab fans out there..

By: Anthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/9/2018 | Send Email
Worth every bit of the price, especially when scrolling through the "Domestic Cabs" section, this predominantly cabernet blend from the Horse Heaven Hills AVA of Washington shines with its high-toned purity and aromas. Without lacking depth on the palate, the smells fill your nostrils with plums, red licorice, roses, and a blast of elegantly candied red fruits that would make you steal them from a baby.

By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/9/2018 | Send Email
Coming fresh off our Grand Bordeaux tasting of last week, I thought it a fascinating study to revisit this top Bordeaux style blend from Washington State. Andrew Will has a solid reputation for making world class Bordeaux style blends and this wine is no exception. It captures what I love about Bordeaux; notes of tobacco, red and black currant, and a touch of toasty oak. But it also reveals its uniqueness-of-place in how it incorporates its access to a long warm growing season. Ultimately, you wind up with a wine that suggests a top flight Pauillac (Lynch-Bages?) being made in the new world. I would recommend you decant this wine for an hour in advance but feel free to open and serve as it is accessible at five years old. Very impressive indeed. I must second the words of critic John Gilman, “A great wine in the making.” Thought it might be there now!

By: James Bradshaw | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/8/2018 | Send Email
Every red I've had from Champoux Vineyard has bowled me over and this stunning 2013 is no exception. Big and bold, it serves up ample flavors of black cherry, blackberry, plum, and cassis. The rush of fruit is only part of the story here, as this 2013 is also beautifully accented by notes of coffee, tobacco, black pepper, and wood spice. Not unlike a top red from Pauillac, this blockbuster red shows impeccable, poise, balance, and structure. Andrew Will continues to be one of the top wineries in Washington and this "Sorella" shows why. For fans of Cabs with tons of personality, this is a sure-fire winner.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/6/2018 | Send Email
A typically powerful, brooding, intense wine from Andrew Will. The 2013 Sorella is almost monolithic at this youthful stage but it easy to see the pedigree, purity and refinement in this 20+ year wine. Tightly wound smoky black fruits, scorched earth, dried herbs, pipe tobacco and briary notes. The tannins are muscular but interwoven with sleek, polished ripe fruit and perfectly integrated oak. After time in the decanter the nose broadens and gives more floral notes, hedgerow and blackberry. Clearly a wine with world class potential that is worthy of a spot in any cellar. We're delighted to be offering it at by far the best price in the country after taking a serious position on this epic wine.
Drink from 2020 to 2040

By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/5/2018 | Send Email
Andrew Will is one of the reference-point producers for ageworthy, refined Bordeaux Blends that outperform their price - from Washington State and well beyond. Sorella is their top bottling and is often reserved a spot among the top Bordeaux Blends of any given vintage. The nose hints at a compact, deep wine and is not to dissimilar from a top vintage Bordeaux. The textural refinement is immediately apparent on the palate with cascading deep red fruits and a bright acidity that carries it deftly. A resounding finish begs for an accompanying meal, but it is compelling on its own. In my experience, Andrew Will's wines deserve a few hours' decant to really show what they're made of, but this is a testament to the structure and capacity to age. This recent parcel also comes with a jaw-dropping price. Don't miss it.

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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.


- 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.