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Avennia "Sestina" Cabernet Sauvignon '17

Columbia Valley

Avennia "Sestina" Cabernet Sauvignon '17

Perhaps Washington State is most well-noted for Bordeaux varietals. Names such as Quilceda Creek, Woodward Canyon, and Andrew Will helped pave the way for future wineries to gain notoriety.

The Avennia "Sestina" is right up there with the best of the best when it comes to Bordeaux blends.

The 2017 "Sestina" is an absolutely beautiful wine. It is a blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc. The vineyard sources are a "who's who" of great suppliers of fruit, Dionysus Vineyard, Red Willow Vineyard and Bacchus Vineyard. Avennia receives grapes from many of these farmers oldest parcels, some dating back to 1972.

The grapes are fermented with native yeast in French oak, and then aged for 21 months. Avennia only uses 54% new oak for "Sestina" and the wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered.

"Bright, dark red with ruby tones. Musky aromas of redcurrant, spices, olive and flowers, plus a hint of graphite minerality that Chris Peterson says comes from Bacchus Vineyard. Wonderfully silky, thick and round without being heavy, offering complex flavors of redcurrant, minerals, spices, saddle leather and shoe polish lifted by notes of wild herbs and flowers. There's also a peppery nuance here that does not come across as green. Perhaps a bit more open-knit than the 2016 version was a year ago, but this beauty still has more to show. (3.82 pH; all from mature vines, the oldest dating back to 1972; 50% new oak) 93 Points, Vinous."

This is a 15-20+ year wine in the making, although you can decant and drink now with great pleasure. A fantastic wine.




Producer Avennia
Vintage 2017
Format 750ml
Grape Variety Cabernet Sauvignon


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