Andrew Will Champoux Vineyard Red Wine 2011

$79.99

SKU 24545

750ml

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The 2011 Champoux shows pronounced red and black fruit. Red currant, blueberries, and blackberries show through very elegantly. These qualities are backed up by both herbal and spice components such as cedar, and tobacco. Tertiary characteristics include both almonds and cinnamon. The Cabernet supports a structure, which has a pronounced complexity of both fruit and non-fruit notes; these later qualities the Merlot and Cabernet franc. This wine will undoubtedly become even more sophisticated over the next few years.
Category Red Wine
Varietals
Country United States
Region Washington
Appellation Horse Heaven Hills
Brand Andrew Will
Alcohol/vol 13%
  • wa95

Wine AdvocateThe most complete of the bottled releases, the 2011 Champoux Vineyard is comprised of 54% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Franc and 18% Cabernet Sauvignon that spent 21 months in barrel, 35% being new. Giving up gorgeous cassis, earth, lead pencil shavings and hints of toast, this full-bodied, perfectly balanced 2011 has fantastic concentration, ample texture and a classically focused, structured finish. It will have 15 year or more of total longevity, which is saying something in this vintage.

Jeb Dunnuck, June 2014
  • we94

Wine EnthusiastIn a blind tasting, it's hard to imagine many people would identify this wine as from Washington, due to the coolness of the vintage and the style. It's almost impenetrable when first opened, with brooding notes of graphite, exotic spice, herbs, toast and dark fruit. The acids are mouthwatering, the tannins firm and tightly wound, and they need significant time to uncoil. But when they do, the wine glorious. Give it at least until 2019 in the cellar or a 24+ hour decant. One of the highlights of the vintage.

Sean Sullivan, November 1, 2014
  • ws92

Wine SpectatorFresh and lively, with broad strokes of cherry and spice that linger intensely and persistently on the open-weave finish. A lighter style, showing presence and transparency. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2019. 500 cases made.

Harvey Steiman, October 31, 2014