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2017 Avennia Cabernet Franc Champoux Vineyard - 95 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"Good dark red. Dark berries, licorice and tobacco leaf aromas, along with some chocolatey oak. Suave and utterly smooth on the palate, conveying a velvety texture to its highly complex flavors of raspberry, licorice, espresso, tobacco, nutmeg and loam. Wonderfully sweet, round, savory wine with noble tannins and enough energy (the wine was lightly acidified) to ensure mid-term ageability. I'd love to have the chance to taste this superb Cabernet Franc next to one of the single-vineyard Gran Enemigo examples from Alejandro Vigil's Bodega Aleanna in Mendoza. (3.95 pH; a selection of five barrels, one of them new) - Stephen Tanzer”
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (December 2019), 95 pts

2017 Avennia Cabernet Franc Champoux Vineyard - 96 PTS - JD

jeb dunnuck logo 250"From a cooler site in the Horse Heaven Hills and all varietal, the 2017 Cabernet Franc Champoux Vineyard has brilliant notes of crème de cassis, red plums, chocolate, spice, flowery incense, and cedarwood. Beautifully textured, medium to full-bodied, and balanced on the palate, it shows the elegance and purity of the vintage yet still packs plenty of opulence and texture. It’s one of the finest expressions of this variety I’ve tasted from Washington State. Drink this beauty any time over the coming 10-15 years.”
- Jeb Dunnuck (April 2020), 96 pts