This 2016 Andrew Will Ciel du Cheval Vineyard is a remarkable red wine that showcases the exceptional quality of Washington State's Columbia Valley. With its captivating image of the vineyard on the label, this wine immediately grabs your attention and promises an extraordinary tasting experience.
In the glass, this red blend displays a deep ruby color that is both inviting and alluring. The nose is filled with fragrant aromas of violets, cassis, blueberry, cedar, and graphite. These complex aromas create a layered bouquet that entices the senses.
On the palate, the 2016 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard delivers a harmonious blend of 57% Merlot and 43% Cabernet Franc. The wine has been carefully aged in 25% new oak, which adds a subtle touch of vanilla and spice to the overall profile. The fruit is the star of the show, with an abundance of ripe flavors balanced by refreshing acidity. Although young and primordial, this wine already exhibits remarkable balance and structure.
Jeb Dunnuck, an esteemed wine critic, awarded this wine an impressive score of 92 points. He describes it as a wine that needs time to come together, which suggests that it has a promising future ahead. Another renowned critic, from Vinous, gave it a score of 93 points, praising its rich, plump mouthfeel and excellent length.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate also awarded this wine 93 points, noting its clean and spicy profile, with flavors of black plum and dusty dark cherry. The tannins are still grippy, indicating that this wine has the potential to age gracefully over time.
With only 504 cases produced, this limited-edition wine is a true gem. Whether you choose to enjoy it now or cellar it for future enjoyment, the 2016 Andrew Will Ciel du Cheval Vineyard is a wine that will undoubtedly impress any wine enthusiast.