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Andrew Will Ciel du Cheval 2006
Andrew Will Ciel du Cheval 2006
Category: Red Wine
Varietal:Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot
Region: United States » Washington » Red Mountain
Producer: Andrew Will
Alcohol: 14.5%
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Andrew Will

We were right to hold this wine back from it's usual release date in the early fall. Already, it is starting to show the startling balance and beautiful austerity which are the hallmarks for Ciel du Cheval wines. Each year, we experience the paradox of perfectly ripened Merlot and Cabernet Franc in this warmer Cabernet site. This year is no exception. This wine has an almost obsessive appeal. For me the difficulty in describing the qualities in the wine is best overcome if the wine is seen as something magical and taken for that.

Wine Spectator

Supple, generous and sharply focused, delivering a complex mouthful of cherry and plum fruit with elements of dried flowers, exotic spices and savory, meaty notes competing for attention. A nice lift of acidity drives the finish, which lingers impressively. Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2016.

Score: 92. —Harvey Steiman, May 31, 2009.

Wine Advocate

The 2006 Ciel du Cheval, from the Red Mountain AVA known for its tannic, age-worthy fruit, is purple-colored with a fragrant perfume of cedar, smoke, black currant and blackberry liqueur. This is followed by a medium to full-bodied wine with outstanding depth and grip, mouth coating flavors, and a lengthy finish. The well-concealed tannins suggest that it will evolve for 4-6 years and drink well through 2026.

Score: 92. —Jay Miller, June 2008.

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