Red

2008 Andrew Will Ciel du Cheval Vineyard

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • USA
  • Washington
  • Columbia Valley
  • Red Mountain
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Community Tasting Notes 63

  • RDB Wine wrote: flawed

    August 3, 2020 - Drank from Bin North 12 with Mike, Wally and Aline. 32% CS, 32% cab franc, 36% merlot. Vanilla floral nose. Dark purple. Bitter presentation chalk finish with no fruit. 1/10.

  • champ12oh Likes this wine: 91 points

    April 29, 2020 - Meaty, dark fruit, bright red fruit. tobacco, slate, well balanced. Nice wine. Agree with recent notes. This is in a good spot for food or without.

  • Redteeth wrote:

    April 28, 2020 - This bottle was the last of my holdings from this vintage. The cork was sound and the wine smelled and tasted fine immediately upon opening. The bottle was double decanted and began opening up immediately. There was a fair amount of fine sediment. The wine was a mature Bordeaux style with good structure and not too fruity. Overall it was very enjoyable. This vintage is ready for consumption and be sure to decant.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • thesternowl Likes this wine: 92 points

    April 5, 2020 - I often struggle with the wines from Washington State. Too often, I find them to come across as big, over the top fruit bombs with many unsuitable for long-term aging. However, there are some exceptions and the wines of Andrew Will are one of those exceptions. This Ciel du Cheval bottling has been cellared away since release and happens to be the last in an original purchase of 6. Ciel du Cheval was originally planted in 1975 and now comprises of over 100 acres of vines with an average age over 36 years. I’ve long admired the quality that comes from this vineyard. The 2008 version of this wine was nearly equal parts Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc with just the touch more Merlot than the other two. From the start, this was buzzing with dark fruits, sweet tobacco, baking spices and leather. The texture is so ever so velvety soft. The tannins are super fine and we’ll integrated at this point. A wine of impeccable balance that has delivered the goods for several years now and I suspect, will continue to do so for many years to come. That being said, I am happy to have consumed my last bottle at this stage in its evolution. It’s clearly firing on all cylinders now.

    4 people found this helpful Comments (2)
  • SoorajB Likes this wine: 91 points

    December 15, 2019 - Medium bodied wine with some tannins still present even though it was decanted for 6+ hours. Some heat from the alcohol comes through. Medium complexity with some fruits but none of it is in your face or overwhelming. Agree with other reviews that the wine has aged well. Unclear whether it will improve further with additional cellaring. Overall, a solid wine.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
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  • By John Gilman
    May/Jun 2013, Issue #45, Recently Tasted Old School and Neo-Classical American Wines

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2008
  • Type Red
  • Producer Andrew Will
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Ciel du Cheval Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region Washington
  • SubRegion Columbia Valley
  • Appellation Red Mountain
  • UPC Code 4000119378782

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 488 (44%)
  • Consumed 626 (56%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

Meat loaf; Beef Tenderloin

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