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Andrew Will Ciel du Cheval 2011


  • Type : Wine
  • Grape Variety: Blend - Bordeaux Red
  • Country/State: US-Washington
  • Region: Red Mountain AVA
  • Winery: Andrew Will

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Winemaker’s Notes

2011 CIEL DU CHEVAL

Like the previous vintage, the Ciel does not possess any Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend. The wine exhibits hints of damson plum skin, smoke, cardamom and cinnamon. As the wine opens up a secondary layer of minerality reminiscent of river stones emerges. There is a light sense of earth combined with a spiciness that lends itself to a very complex mid palate. The bright, yet focused tannins create a approachable wine that will only become more complex with time.

Composition:
52% Cabernet Franc, 48% Merlot

Vineyard:
CIEL DU CHEVAL VINEYARD

Appellation:
Red Mountain

Average Age of Vines:
25 years

Time in barrels:
18 months

Total Production:
790 cases

 

Reviews

The Wine Advocate – “One of the top wines in the vintage, the 2011 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard (52% Cabernet Franc and 48% Merlot that spent 21 months in 35% new French oak) offers thrilling amounts of fruit and texture, with full-bodied richness, excellent mid-palate depth and sweet tannin. Loaded with both red and black currant fruit, dried flowers, damp earth and hints of meatiness, it can be consumed anytime over the coming 10-12 years.” (93 Pts)

Wine Enthusiast – “Half Merlot and half Cabernet Franc, this firm, minerally, tightly wound Bordeaux-style blend seems anchored in the latter grape. Lovely whiffs of coffee grounds, wild berry and currant, stiff acids and sculpted tannins work together to craft a complex red. Cellar Selection.” (93 Pts)

Wine Spectator – “This firm textured version offers a plush core of red berry and cherry flavors, shaded with sweet spice notes as the finish lingers. Cabernet Franc and Merlot.” (91 Pts)

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