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2010 Avennia Sestina Red Blend Columbia Valley - 91 PTS - IWC

Tanzer International Wine Cellar 91 Pts"(all from older vines, including a lot of 1972 Bacchus cabernet sauvignon; 73% cabernet, 18% merlot and 9% cabernet franc; aged in 70% new oak): Good full, dark red. Enticing aromas of redcurrant and sandalwood. Generous, pliant and rich, with sweet black raspberry fruit nicely lifted by strong minerality. The sweetest, roundest and fullest of these 2010s, more opulent than the Gravura and impressively broad on the back end. The tannins are serious but sweet on the very broad finish. This was the best set of new wines I tasted in Washington in July, but given their pedigree this should not come as a surprise."

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (Nov/Dec 2012), 91 pts

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2010 Avennia Sestina Red Blend Columbia Valley - 93 PTS - WA

wa93"More toasty, rich and muscular, the 2010 Sestina has more Cabernet in the blend (73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc) and saw 70% new oak for 20 months. Coming from both Bacchus and Red Willow Vineyards, it offers up a serious bouquet of black raspberries, graphite, grilled toast, chocolate and wild herbs that flows to a full-bodied, concentrated and powerful 2010 that has outstanding purity of fruit and burly back-end structure that will take some time to integrate. Less approachable at present than the Gravura, it needs 3-4 years of bottle age and will have 15+ years or more of total longevity. Drink 2016-2025+.
Founded by Chris Peterson (winemaker and formerly of DeLille Cellars) and Marty Taucher, and releasing their first vintage in 2010, this Woodinville-based operation needs to be on everyone’s radar. The wines are superb across the board and while they have solid fruit, they stress purity and elegance, with vibrant cores of acidity. The 2011 reds are also superb across the board. Slightly less concentrated than the 2010s, they have excellent mid-palate depth, ripe tannin structure and plenty of texture."
- Jeb Dunnuck"
- Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate (Issue 207, June 2013), 93 pts

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2010 Avennia Sestina Red Blend Columbia Valley - 93 PTS + Cellar Selection - WE

Wine Enthusiast 93 Pts"Sestina is the bigger sister to the winery’s Gravura; again Cabernet Sauvignon takes front and center, with Merlot (18%) and Cabernet Franc (9%) filling in the rest. 70% of the French oak used was new, and the wine has more toast, smoke and barrel depth than its companion, though less of the luscious red fruit is showing. Espresso, cacao and other dark, roasted flavors wrap around black cherry cola and milk chocolate; the finish thoroughly delicious."

Wine Enthusiast (June 1st 2013), 93 pts + Cellar Selection

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2011 Avennia Sestina Red Blend Columbia Valley - 93+ PTS - WA

wa93"More firm and structured, the 2011 Sestina is one of the few 2011s that will benefit from short-term cellaring. Made from a blend of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc that saw 20 months in 70% new French oak, it offers medium to full-bodied richness, a stacked mid-palate and integrated acidity to go with plenty of currant, blackberry, charcoal and smoked-earth aromas and flavors. Give it another 2-3 years and plan on drinking bottles through 2026. - Jeb Dunnuck"
- Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate (Issue 213, June 2014), 93+ pts

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