Grapelive: Wine of the Week

aw2000champoux.jpg2000 Andrew Will Champoux Vineyard (Cabernet Blend) Walla Walla, Washington State
It is so nice to get to try mature and fully developed wines, especially when they are as beautiful and deep as this wine is right now! Chris Camarda, who has been hailed as a master by the likes of Robert Parker and others, continues to shine today for his talents. But, going back in time even proves they praise and I am telling you this wine is fantastic and makes me ask the question, why do we buy young tannic wines when we can drink wonderful aged gems like this. The 2000 Champoux is lovely and complex with lush textures and darkly colored with smooth rich tannins. The fruit is still focused and clear leading with blackberry, currant and plum flavors on the palate. The nose is smoky and spicy with hints of liqueur and flowers, and the body is full, but still remarkably fresh and lively. This wine is much more friendly and charming than most 2000 Bordeaux(s) especially Lynch-Bages and Cos D’Estournel, I mean it crushes them and drinks better than even Mouton! Trust me I’ve had the 2000 Mouton at least 3 times and it was never even close to this good! (Est. $65-80) 94 Points, grapelive

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