Red Blend Champoux Vineyard Horse Heaven Hills
Champoux Vineyard, considered one of the best sites in Washington State, is located in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA. Horse Heaven Hills is a sub-AVA of the Columbia Valley AVA and the 7th officially certified appellation in Washington (2005). Most of the vineyards in Horse Heaven Hills benefit from a combination of cool air that comes up through the Columbia Gorge as well as the moderating effect of the Columbia River itself which borders the AVA’s southern side.
Champoux Vineyard has been one of Andrew Will’s primary sources since the early days and is now used for two wines – Champoux Vineyard and Sorella (made from the old-vine Cabernet). The first vines at this windy site were planted in 1972 at an elevation of 600-700 feet in sandy loam soils.
2014 Champoux Vineyard is a blend of 43% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot/Malbec. The fruit was destemmed, fermented with native yeasts in stainless steel tank, and aged for 18 months in 35% new French oak. 724 cases produced.