Winemaker Chris Camarda launched Andrew Will Cellars (named after Chris’s son Will and nephew Andrew) with their inaugural 1989 vintage, working out of a humble 60’ by 10’ winery in a structure attached to the main house. He is Seattle’s original artisanal winemaker (or ‘garagiste’ as they say in Bordeaux), and he has spent the last two decades producing some of Washington’s most well-respected wines. Structured, elegant, and age worthy, they are a singular voice that has never adjusted to chase scores or suit trends. Although always a focus, Camarda’s attention to terroir has only intensified over time. Since 2001 he almost exclusively produces single vineyard blends as he feels this shows the terroir more clearly than a single varietal bottling. Currently he only sources from four of Washington state’s finest vineyards: Champoux, Discovery, Two Blondes, and Ciel du Cheval.
The Bordeaux-style blends consist mostly of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. All of the wines are treated more or less the same in the cellar; 25-35% new oak barrels, aged for around 21 months, followed by a year of aging in bottle. The operation remains small, with a staff, including field and cellar, of just 5 to 6. Total production is around 4500 cases and the vineyards are sustainably farmed.
John Gilman, in View from the Cellar, says this: “Since day one, it has always been a working winery, with no fancy tasting rooms or emphasis on Disney-like public tours, just outstanding winemaking year in and year out, and a single-mindedness to produce superb, age-worthy wines . . . claret-styled reds that must be ranked at the very summit of Washington state wines and amongst the very finest wines to be found from anywhere in America.”
The Sorella Champoux 2014 is elegant and concentrated with cherry and blackberry fruit, spice and licorice notes, an underlying earthiness and minerality from start to finish, and is approachable now. The wine shows true balance and lives up to its stature as one of the vineyard’s flagship bottlings. We have one case and once we are out of stock, we will not have more until the next release.
Andrew Will “Sorella” Champoux Vineyard 2014
Retail Price: $84.99
Sale Price: $75.97
Wine Advocate, 97pts. – "...Cassis, smoked earth, graphite and chocolate all emerge from this rich, full-bodied, concentrated, gorgeously layered beauty that has sweet tannin, beautiful purity and a great finish. This is a sensational wine."
Recent Cellar Selections:
Bodegas Mauro – Value ‘Ribera’
Francois Chidaine – Essential and Age-Worthy Chenin Blanc
Domaine Jean Grivot – Benchmark Burgundy
Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou – Like a Rolling Stone?
Produttori del Barbaresco
Paolo Bea Montefalco Rosso – Natural Wine Pioneer
Domaine Trapet – Burgundy Royalty
Gran Enemigo 2014 – 98 pt. Cabernet Franc