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Review by Jeb Dunnuck
Wine Advocate # 207 (Jun 2013)
Drink 2013 - 2021
Compared to the 2010s, the 2009s are downright extroverted and show the additional warmth of the vintage. The 2009 Two Blondes Vineyard, a blend of close to equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, is currently more aromatic and perfumed than the 2010 and yields loads of cherry, minty herbs, flowers and an exotic, aged-beef quality that adds an extra dimension. Medium to full-bodied, round and supple, with borderline tangy acidity (my only complaint), it finishes well and will have another 7-8 years or more of prime drinking. Drink now-2021. Made by Chris Camarda from his base on Vashon Island just west of Seattle, Andrew Will Cellars delivers classic, elegant wines that show solid typicity and age-worthy profiles. His 2010s are superb across the board and possess slightly reserved aromatics with firm, pure textures. Downright backwards, especially when compared to his 2009s, they will all benefit from short- term cellaring and, I suspect, these scores will seem a bit low once they flesh out. His 2011s had just been bottled at the time of this tasting, so I opted to review them as barrel samples and give ranges for the scores. They all showed more up-front, perfumed and supple profiles, yet I think they will close down slightly over the coming year as they settle in bottle. Chris believes his 2011s might surpass his 2010s.
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