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2014 Avennia Red Willow Cabernet Sauvignon - 91 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"(a selection of four new barrels from a 1985 planting; bottled in June): Bright ruby-red. Explosive aromas of red- and blackcurrant complicated by a leafy Médoc-like quality. Densely packed, saline, classic Cabernet; thick but not hot, even in this very warm vintage. Flavors of cassis, cocoa powder and saline minerality are enlivened by judicious acidification. The 100% new oak does not at all overshadow the wine's fruit. Finishes tactile, savory and long, with substantial broad tannins. Chris Peterson describes this wine as "our chance to make a blockbuster Cabernet."- Stephen Tanzer"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (November 2016), 91 pts

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2014 Avennia Red Willow Cabernet Sauvignon - 97 PTS - JD

jeb dunnuck logo 250"The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Red Willow is an incredible wine that’s up with some of the greatest Cabernet Sauvignon made in Washington State. Made from 100% Cabernet aged in new French oak, it offers a seamless, layered, full-bodied style to go with awesome notes of crème de cassis, graphite, crushed rocks, and hints of tobacco. Possessing remarkable purity of fruit, building tannin, and a rich yet elegant profile, it needs 3-4 years of bottle age and will shine for two decades! Hats off to winemaker Chris Peterson. There are only 100 cases produced."
- Jeb Dunnuck (April 2018), 97 pts

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2014 Avennia Red Willow Cabernet Sauvignon - 97 PTS - WA

wa97"In the top handful of wines in the vintage, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Red Willow Vineyard is a tiny-production release that comes from a single parcel in the Red Willow Vineyard in the Yakima Valley. Unfortunately, there are just 100 cases made, but it is a sensational wine. Cassis, graphite, crushed rocks and lead pencil characteristics all emerge from the glass, and this beauty hits the palate with full-bodied richness, first-growth-like purity, fine tannin and a great, great finish. Bravo! - Jeb Dunnuck."
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #231, June 2017), 97 pts

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