2006 Andrew Will Champoux Vineyard Proprietary Red

Year: 2006
Appellation: Horse Heaven Hills
Country: USA - Washington
Wine Spectator: 92
Wine Advocate: 93
Vinous Media: 93
Wine Enthusiast: 92
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"Firm, with a tart balance to the bright raspberry and brooding black fruit flavors. A distinctive minerally note emerges nicely on the expressive finish. Needs time to soften. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Best from 2011 through 2016. 1,030 cases made." (WS)

"The 2006 Champoux Vineyard is made up of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Cabernet Franc, and 8% Merlot. Purple-colored, it sports an aromatic array of wood smoke, pencil lead, cinnamon, clove, black currant and blackberry. This leads to a mouth-filling wine bordering on opulence. Rich, ripe, and impeccably balanced, it has the stuffing to evolve for 6-8 years and should offer prime drinking from 2013 to 2026.

Andrew Will, located on Vashon Island, a short ferry-ride from Seattle, is where Chris Camarda fashions his blended, Bordeaux-style wines. These 2006s were reviewed in Issue 177 prior to their release along with the 2005s. I retasted the 2006s at the winery in May, 2009 and report on them again because they are the current releases. I was shown the 2007s of these four wines from a vintage Camarda considers "a super year". In each case, the 2007 is superior to its 2006 counterpart." (WA)

"($63; a blend of 57% cabernet sauvignon, 35% cabernet franc and 8% merlot) Bright ruby-red. Subdued but subtly complex nose is much less expressive today than that of the Ciel du Cheval; hints of berries and cedar. Suave and complex, with a downright spherical texture and lovely depth of flavor. At once silky and bright, finishing with subtle sweet berry notes, fine-grained tannins and terrific persistence." (IWC)

"Cedary and tight, this young, sappy wine has exceptional concentration and weight. Big and a bit blocky, it lacks the feminine grace of the Ciel du Cheval bottling, but compensates with pure power and expression of terroir. Fruit flavors of dense berry and cherry are beautifully managed. Delicious now, it’s a wine to age and enjoy for up to a decade." (WE)