YA Author Patrick Carman & Andrew Will Red
Wines of the Night
2005 Andrew Will Sheridan Vineyard, Yakima Valley ($50)
This purple-colored effort (42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc, and 28% Merlot) offers up an array of spices including clove, cinnamon, and allspice as well as cedar and tobacco notes. Saint-Emilion-like on the palate, it hides enough tannin to support 2-3 years of further bottle age. There is enough depth and balance to suggest that this rather elegant wine will drink well through 2025.
2009 Andrew Will Discovery Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon ($50)
Bright red-ruby. Fresh aromas of cassis and dusty spices, plus a hint of minerals. A suave, silky midweight with captivating spice character to its fruit-driven flavors. Energetic, nicely balanced cabernet with a long finish featuring serious but supple tannins and lingering black raspberry fruit. This is awfully good for five-year-old vines.
2009 Andrew Will "Sorella" Horse Heaven Hills Red Blend ($75)
Fresh and lively, this is juicy with blackberry and floral flavors that keep dancing deftly through the finish, framed with firm tannins, but staying harmonious and gaining in intensity with each sip. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2017.