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Review: 2010 Avennia Gravura Red Wine

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

Avennia Winery is a relative new-comer to the Washington wine scene and specializes in what I feel is one of Washington’s strong-points and that is red blends. It does make a Sauvignon Blanc and straigh Syrah as well but those are for a different review, in this one, we take a look at the 2010 Avennia Gravura Red Wine.

2010 Avennia Gravura Red Wine

Technical Data:

  • Appellation: Columbia Valley
  • Blend: 54% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 40% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc
  • Vineyards: 31% Red Willow Cab, planted 1985
  • 24% Bacchus Cab, planted 1972
  • 24% Red Willow Merlot, planted 1985
  • 15% Klipsun Merlot, planted 2000
  • 6% Bacchus Cab Franc, planted 1998
  • Ageing: 50% new French oak for 20 months
  • Cases: 350
  • Retail: $35
  • Release: February 2013

On the nose: Violet, bing cherries, raspberry, black licorice, black currant, allspice, old leather glove, dark cocoa and peppercorns.

On the palate: Good complexity of flavors mentioned on the nose but I’m also getting a bit of nice tartness, sort of reminds me of a little rhubarb action and I appreciate that quite a bit. Good acids and tannin structure should help this wine lay down for 8-12 years and go well with beef, blackened salmon, bison or an herb-crusted lamb-chop.

W.E.P. Rating: 95%