Andrew Will Cabernet Sauvignon is, in my opinion, one of the best coming out of Washington at this price Point.
Winemaker Notes on Andrew Will Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
This wine bucks the trend toward heavy, overbearing Cabernet Sauvignon that too often shuts down on the palate. Instead, this wine has texture and fruit bound by tannin and acid to perform in glass and on the palate. It is seductive in its freshness and fruit definition.
The fruit comes from the Two Blondes and Champoux Vineyards. The 2016 vintage was an easy growing season which resulted in high yields.
Andrew Will Winery was started in 1989 and is owned by Chris Camarda. The winery was named for nephew Andrew and son Will. Andrew Will was launched out of a love for wine that Chris developed while working in the restaurant trade for almost 20 years. Named after his son Will and nephew Andrew, Andrew Will has been a major contributor in putting Washington State on the map as a world-class wine-producing region.
Andrew Will wines are labeled by vineyard with each wine a different makeup of the Bordeaux varietals. These vineyards, all in the Columbia Valley, include Camarda’s own estate Two Blondes. He is part owner of the Champoux Vineyard and sources from Ciel du Cheval Vineyard. They make about 4500 cases of wine. In addition to the blends, there is Andrew Will Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, and Sangiovese from fruit grown at Ciel du Cheval.
Andrew Will currently focuses on four vineyards all of which are in the Columbia Valley; Champoux Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills of which Andrew Will is part owner, Ciel du Cheval on Red Mountain, Discovery Vineyard which is also in the Horse Heaven Hills and Chris Camarda’s own vineyard Two Blondes in Yakima Valley.
The vineyards are sustainably farmed and use irrigation. Low precipitation—around 8″ annually—and humidity help minimize mildew and diseases ruinous to vines and their fruit. During the height of the growing season they experience up to 17.4 sunlight hours, two hours more than Napa.