25 May Wine Wednesday: Andrew Will Winery Sorella Red Blend 2011 ($75)
This Week In Red Wine: Andrew Will Winery Sorella Red Blend ($75)
“Firm in texture, with dark berry and cherry flavors under a blanket of smoky, tarry flavors, finishing with an earthy character. ” – Wine Spectator
Wine Ratings & Awards
Grape Certified Gold Platinum (2016)
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate – 96 Points (2012), 94 Points (2010), 93 Points (2011), 92 Points (2009)
Wine & Spirits – 96 Points (2012) 95 Points (2011), 93 Points (2010), 94 Points (2009)
Wine Spectator – 93 Points (2012), 90 Points (2011), 92 Points (2010), 93 Points (2009)
Vinous – 93 Points (2012)
Wine Enthusiast – 95 Points (2009), 91 Points (2010)
Andrew Will Winery began its journey in 1989 by owner Chris Camarda and named it after his son, Will, and nephew Andrew. As someone who worked in the restaurant industry for close to 20 years, Chris always had a deep love and appreciation for wine. The word ‘Sorella’ (pronounced: so-re-la) means sister in Italian; originally the wine was made to honor Chris’s sister however, now the portrait on the label is meant to honor Chris’s late wife, Annie who passed away in 2005.
The highly rated vintages from 2009 – 2012 of the Sorella red blend provide a terrific balance of rich tannins, bright acidity and mouthwatering flavors. On the nose, hints of limestone, anise, lavender, violet, and blueberry are accompanied by generous fruit qualities. The mid-palate contains textured tannins that harmonize beautifully showcasing depth and complexity. It offers precision like focused flavors from start to finish.
Wine Enthusiast’s Sean Sullivan, wrote the following review, “In a blind tasting, it’s hard to imagine many people would identify this wine as from Washington, due to the coolness of the vintage and the style. It’s almost impenetrable when first opened, with brooding notes of graphite, exotic spice, herbs, toast and dark fruit. The acids are mouthwatering, the tannins firm and tightly wound, and they need significant time to uncoil. But when they do, the wine is glorious. Give it at least until 2019 in the cellar or a 24+ hour decant. One of the highlights of the vintage.”
Store and save this wine for several years at least. On the other hand, if you’re really dedicated and hell-bent on seeing what all the fuss is about, make sure to decant for 2 to 24 hours. The latter definitely shows dedication and may be worth the wait; we’ll let you be the judge! And while you wait, consider pairing this wine with The Grape’s Easy Sirloin Steak, or lamb shanks; get adventitious and make a parpadelle with veal sage sauce, or pair with a wild mushroom risotto.
Wine Region: Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley, Washington
Wine Grapes: 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc, 2% Pertit Verdot
Style: Full-bodied, Complex, & Bold
Drinks Like: Barnett Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain District 2012 ($75), Keenan Mernet Red 2010 ($96),
Food & Wine Pairings: Easy Sirloin Steak – Click To View Recipe
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Near Bold Perfection!!
Aroma & Flavor
Grape Certified Platinum
The Sorella Red Blend is a terrific investment for collectors, and will make a great addition to any cellar. This is the kind of wine you bring out for a select group of friends to taste and discuss over mixed meats and cheeses or with a fine meal. Upon decanting the wine, notice how the aromas flutter through the nostrils after a good swirl. Relish the mixture of blackberry, blueberries, violet, and nutmeg, offset by toasty elements that linger nicely on the palate. This Grape Certified Platinum wine will satisfy your senses in more ways than one.