The Sorella 2012 blend is two-thirds cabernet sauvignon, the vines close to 40 years old; the balance is merlot and cabernet franc. The flavors are dense and dark, vibrant cassis and black plum dusted with a fine powdered mineral glaze, the cabernet as much a feeling as a flavor. Everything is guided by a firm textural line, lean, refined, as elegant as a tailored suit, the finish firm and nimble at once. It's cabernet at its most effortless.
Made from a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot that spent 18 months in barrel (35% new), the fabulously concentrated, rich 2013 Sorella has teh deepest color of the lineup; it has ample black and blue fruits, graphite, bouquet garni and spring flower-like aromas and flavors. Possessing bright acidity, full-bodied richness, solid mid-palate concentration and ripe tannin, it has the balance and purity to offer pleasure today, but should be at its best from 2020-2033. Anticipated maturity 2020-2033.
A wine that I think rivals the 2007 Sorella, the 2012 Sorella comes all from the Champoux Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA and is made from 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 13% Cabernet Franc. Aged 18 months in 35% new French oak, it has smoking notes of blackcurrants, black raspberry, toasted bread and spice-box to go with a full-bodied, awesomely concentrated, yet layered, balanced profile on the palate. There's a lot of tannin here, so short-term cellaring is advised. This beauty will have 2-3 decades of longevity and will stand toe-to-toe with some of the greatest Bordeaux blends out there.
The 2011 Sorella (68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot) is in the same ballpark, with plenty of blackberry, mineral, toast and earthiness, as well as full-bodied richness and depth on the palate. More backwards and structured than the Champoux Vineyard, give it a handful of years in the cellar and plan on drinking bottles through 2028.
(73% cabernet sauvignon, 20% merlot and 7% cabernet franc): Deep, dark bright ruby. Pungent aromas and flavors of black raspberry, blueberry, licorice and lavender are accented by a minty high note. Sweet, dense and inviting; at once seriously structured and light on its feet. This very intense, youthful wine finishes very long, with harmonious acidity, noble broad tannins and a savory saline complexity. From a crop level under three tons per acre, according to Chris Camarda, and it shows. Another beauty for the cellar.
Chris Camarda's tete de cuvee, drawn typically from the old-vine blocks at Champoux Vineyard, feels taut and youthful in its current state, years from peak expression. It leads with scents of carob spice and plum, but it's the leanness of the aromatics that both draw you in and hint at its future. Its flavors are dark and savory, primary and composed at once; after a day the length the wine holds in store reveals itself. Cellar. (885 cases)
Firm in texture, with a smoky core of blueberry and dark chocolate flavors, lingering gently against a veil of crunchy tannins. Shows depth and elegance, but needs to lose some grit. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Best after 2014.—H.S.
The top wine of the estate, the 2010 Sorella (meaning “sister” in Italian and made to honor Chris’ sister) is a blend of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc that spent the standard 21 months in barrel. Loaded with promise, it has a decidedly pure, classy and detailed bouquet of black currant, graphite, licorice, roasted meats and singed herbs. Rich and medium to full-bodied, it still holds onto the overall elegance and finesse driven style of the estate and delivers a seamless texture, chewy tannin and serious minerality on the finish. As with Chris’ other 2010s, short-term cellaring is warranted here and upwards of two decades of longevity should be expected. Drink 2015-2030.
The 2010 Sorella from Andrew Will Cellars is comprised of a mix of seventy three percent cabernet sauvignon, twenty percent merlot and seven percent cabernet franc and tips the scales at a very civilized 13.2 percent alcohol. I have not noticed in past vintages that the wine is produced from the Champoux Vineyard, but in 2010 this appears on the label- was this always the case? In any event, this is a stunning young wine, offering up a deep, refined and complex bouquet of black cherries, dark berries, cigar wrappers, a touch of lead pencil, dark soil tones, a bit of current leaf and a lovely framing of cedar. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very elegant, with a fine core of fruit, impeccable focus and balance, fine-grained tannins, good acidity and excellent length and grip on the youthful and very classy finish. This is very, very high class juice in the making! 2020-2050.
With slightly less Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend compared to the 2010, the 2009 Sorella checks in with 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. Very aromatic, if not a touch exotic, with floral, lavender and wild herb qualities giving way to a beautiful core of fruit, it flows onto the palate with a silky, polished texture, integrated acidity and dusty tannin that frames the finish. Still in need of another handful of years in the cellar, it will shine for 10-12 years. Drink now-2025.
Good bright red-ruby. Superripe aromas of cassis, cocoa powder, sandalwood and nutty oak. Supple, creamy, full and deep, with lush flavors of red fruits, spices and sandalwood given shape by underlying minerality. The big, ripe tannins coat the palate and front teeth on the very long, rich finish.
A cabernet-based blend grounded by old-vine fruit from Block 1 at Champoux, this is normally the most structured and reticent wine in the Andrew Will portfolio; in this warm vintage, however, Sorella deigned to show a little leg. Massively built and powerfully structured, it is a ripe wine that in the end is not about ripeness or about fruit, but rather about potential energy and leashed intensity, a wine that's destined to reward those who cellar it as it knocks the impatient back on their heels. - P.J.C.
1,026 cases made | Red
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.—H.S.
(80% cabernet sauvignon, 14% cabernet franc and 6% merlot): Red-ruby. Sexy aromas of plum, brown spices and cedary oak. Sweet, fresh and concentrated, with brisk, intense flavors of raspberry, sandalwood and cocoa powder. Terrific lift to the fruit. Finishes impressively long, with noble tannins and palate-staining sweetness. A knockout.
The 2008 Sorella lacks the mind-boggling personality of the great 2007 although it is still an outstanding effort. It displays a bit of heat and lacks the length of its predecessor.
Impressive for its intensity and elegance, packed with black cherry, cherry, plum and spice flavors, hinting at roasted red pepper and a tarry minerality as the finish glides smoothly over refined tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Best from 2012 through 2020.—H.S.