2009 Amavi Cabernet Sauvignon – Review

By Duane Pemberton
Winery website: http://www.amavicellars.com

Winemaker, Jean-François Pellet has been really on fire lately with his wonderful kung-fu-like skills helping to make kick-ass wines at both Pepper Bridge and Amavi. He’s one of the most likable characters you can run into while visiting Walla Walla and he has a keen palate and passion for great wines – this 2009 Cab is reflective of that.

Technical Data:

  • Varietals: 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 3% Syrah, 2% Cabernet Franc
  • Vineyards: 52% Pepper Bridge, 30% Seven Hills, 12% Les Collines, 6% Goff
  • Appellation: Walla Walla Valley
  • Oak Program: 88% French, 12% American; 25% new, 75% used
  • Harvest Dates: September 16 – October 10, 2009
  • Finished Alcohol: 14.1% by volume
  • Total Production: 4,991 12/750 ml. cases
  • Bottling Date: February 2, 2011
  • Release Date: September, 2011
  • Suggested Retail Price: $29.00

Nose: Spiced black cherries, leather, tobacco and tar with overtones of black licorice, allspice, casis and bramble.

Taste: This is an old-world style Cab that’ll not agree with the Robert Parker fan-boys out there. It has too many other good things like acid, body and structure – you know, the kinds of things that’ll keep it from getting anywhere near 100 points but all the things that’ll make it blow me away. Plums, black cherry, raspberry, pepper, tanned leather, tobacco leaf and a hint of dark chocolate lead into a clean, inviting finish that screams out “take me”.

W.E.P. Rating: 120%