Andrew Will Winery 2003 Ciel du Cheval Vineyard red wine

Another early WAwineman classic, 1st posted on February 3, 2008:

Just another quiet 1st Sunday in February, hmmm let’s see what’s on the tube. Wait, it’s not a tube anymore (I’m outdating myself). It’s HD plasma…whatever. Oh it’s some type of ceremonial sporting game. Looks kinda pompish. Guess that means I should pair that game show with…Andrew Will! On its own, this wine is big. Plush aromas fill the crystal with red and black fruit. Color leans toward black. Very intense in the mouth but not tannic. Tail trail lasted 7 seconds and grew more bodacious after 3 seconds. I threw everything at this one…Lay’s Wavy hickory barbecue chips, Fritos Dippers with artichoke dip from the supermarket, and even plain old hot dog buns. No hot dogs…just the buns. Was it a great match? Are you kidding me? Of course not. I ended with a boneless ribeye, indoor-grilled and it blended very well, but this pairing is about wine and football. Those Super Bowl-record total of two long drives in the first quarter (one by each team) matched very well with the many sips I partook in. First downs after a third-and-long was particularly exhilirating with this wine. However, thanks to the near lack of scoring, I was only allowed two standard pours. After the decent Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers halftime show, I threw in the towel and finished with a guaranteed victory with the ribeye. The food was overshadowed by this wine, and that’s why I must admit that this wine should be drunk on its own to be fully appreciated (or at least consume with USDA Prime).
Alcohol: 14.4%. 42% merlot, 36% cab franc, 16% cab sau, and 5% petit verdot. Aged 21 months. Released: 10-1-05. 1078 cases. Rated: 95 (Wine Enthusiast). Rated: 100. Value: $59. This is WAwineman…uncorked, uneducated, but not uncouth.
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