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.
- 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%