Avennia 2010 Gravura, Columbia Valley, $35

By on April 22, 2013

Washington wineWinemaker Chris Peterson declassified seven barrels of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc that did not go into his top-drawer Sestina blend – meaning they didn’t fit what he was seeking. Yet the result is in no way a step down, except in price. This is a stunning red that uses grapes from Bacchus, Red Willow and Klipsun vineyards. It opens with aromas of plum, sage, oak, smoked almond and black cherry, followed by a bold entry of ripe dark fruit, dark chocolate and espresso. Drink now or sometime in the next decade.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 350

Alcohol: 14.5%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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