Andrew Will

  • “Since day one, this has always been a working winery, with no fancy tasting rooms or emphasis on Disney-like public tours, just outstanding winemaking year in and year out, and a single-mindedness to produce superb, age-worthy wines from some of Washington’s finest vineyards sites. The two original vineyards that Chris started with all the way back in 1989: Ciel du Cheval Vineyard and Champoux Vineyard, are still two of his principal grape sources for his superb, claret-styled reds that must be ranked at the very summit of Washington state wines and amongst the very finest wines to be found from anywhere in America.” 

    —John Gilman, View From The Cellar #47

  • “Over the nearly quarter-century during which manifestly talented and straight-talking Chris Camarda has been making wine under his Andrew Will label (on Vashon Island south of Seattle) his approach – which has always favored modest alcohol and elegance over flamboyance – has evolved significantly in method as well as in focusing increasingly on single-vineyard expression.”  

    –David Schildknecht, Wine Advocate

  • "...All of Chris's 2011s and 2012s are rock solid and check in near the top of the hierarchy. These are beautiful, age-worthy wines that remain reasonably priced for their quality. "  

    —Jeb Dunnuck, Wine Advocate June, 2014

  • “(On the 2011 Champoux) Match veteran talent Chris Camarda with one of Washington’s oldest vineyards and the result, even in this cool vintage, is stunning.  

    —Jon Bonné, San Francisco Chronical Top 100 2014

Chris Camarda launched Andrew Will Winery (Named after Chris’s son Will and nephew Andrew) with the inaugural 1989 vintage, working out of a humble 60’ by 10’ winery, and he has spent the last three decades producing some of Washington’s most well-respected wines. Since 2013 Chris has been joined by his son Will (the “Will” in Andrew Will) who is now in charge of the winemaking, but the focus has not changed: structured, elegant, and age worthy, the wines reflect a singular voice that has never adjusted to chase scores or suit trends.

Although always a focus, Chris’ attention to terroir has only intensified over time. His initial releases were single variety wines, but since 2001 he almost entirely made blends for the single vineyard cuvées, as he feels this expresses the vineyards more clearly than a one-variety bottling. Currently, they sources from four of the best sites in Washington State, all planted to Bordeaux varieties: Champoux Vineyard and Discovery Vineyard in Horse Heaven Hills AVA, Two Blondes in Yakima Valley AVA, and Ciel du Cheval on Red Mountain AVA. The best grapes (regardless of variety) from each of these vineyards are used for the single-vineyard blends, and the remaining gets used for the “Black Label” single-variety wines. The fruit is harvested all by hand and transported by truck and then ferry boat to Vashon Island, just off Seattle, where the winery and cellar are now located.

All of the wines are treated more or less the same in the cellar. All fruit is 100% destemmed, fermented with native yeasts in stainless steel tank, and aged in mostly neutral French oak with 25-35% new depending on the vintage and wine. Production is around 4500 cases/year.

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DB6112-17
Involuntary Commitment
2017
Cabernet Franc
52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Cabernet Franc, 21% Merlot from Two Blondes and Champoux vineyards, aged 11 months in neutral French oak.

DB5067-16
91 WA
Cabernet Franc "Black Label" Columbia Valley
2016
Cabernet Franc
100% Cabernet Franc from Champoux and Two Blondes vineyards. The wine spent 14 months in barrel; 986 cases produced. Tasting Notes: Herbal... Read More

DB5061-16
92 WA
Cabernet Sauvignon "Black Label" Columbia Valley
2016
Cabernet Sauvignon
100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Two Blondes and Champoux Vineyards. The 2016 vintage was an easy growing season which resulted in high... Read More

DB5060-14
94+ WA
Cabernet Sauvignon "May's Discovery Vineyard"
2014
Cabernet Sauvignon
100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Milo and Kay May's Discovery vineyard which sits on a hillside bench overlooking the Columbia River in Horse... Read More

DB5110-16
92 WA
Merlot "Black Label" Columbia Valley
2016
Merlot
Declassified fruit from Champoux, Ciel du Cheval, and Two Blondes Vineyards. 13 Months in barrel. 

DB5059-14
94+
Champoux Vineyard Horse Heaven Hills
2014
Merlot
Champoux Vineyard, considered one of the best sites in Washington State, is located in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA. Horse Heaven Hills is a... Read More

DB5058-14
94 WA
Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Red Mountain
2014
Merlot
The Ciel du Cheval vineyard lies in the Red Mountain AVA (a sub AVA of Yakima Valley, located in the south-eastern section right above... Read More

DB5057-14
94 WA
Two Blondes Vineyard Yakima Valley
2014
Merlot
Two Blondes Vineyard is in Zillah, a western area of Yakima Valley AVA (Washington’s first AVA established in 1983), and is owned and... Read More

DB5056-14
97 WA
"Sorella" Champoux Vineyard Horse Heaven Hills
2014
Cabernet Sauvignon
Sorella is a Cabernet Sauvignon based blend from the oldest block of vines (planted in 1972) at Champoux Vineyard in Horse Heaven Hills AVA... Read More