Avennia 2013 Justine, Columbia Valley, $40

By on January 9, 2016

avennia-justine-bottleDeLille Cellars alum Chris Peterson creates this Southern Rhône-style blend of Grenache (47%), Mourvèdre (38%) and Syrah with the help of four vineyards in Washington — Alder Ridge (Horse Heaven Hills), Upland Vineyard (Snipes Mountain) and a pair of Red Mountain sites, Heart of the Hill and Angela’s. Rather than rely on engineered yeast, the University of Washington grad allowed for feral fermentation and 17 months of barrel aging in neutral French oak. The nose brings fruity hints of black cherry and plum which are joined by brown sugar, cocoa powder, light toast and cedar shavings. Inside, the structure offers elegance over power as smooth flavors of dark plum and elderberry create a luscious mouth feel that picks up touches of anise and white pepper in the back. Look for these wines at Northwest wine merchants, high-end grocers and direct from the Avennia website.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 518 cases

Alcohol: 14.8%

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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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