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2017 Avennia Le Corbeau Discovery Vineyard Syrah - 91 PTS - WA

wa91"The 2017 Le Corbeau Discovery Vineyard Syrah has a black-fruited core, exuding rich focus and a dusty rockiness. On the palate, this is not as savory as the Arnaut Syrah, but it still possesses a bold and expressive structure with good mineral tension. The wine expands with precision and complexity on the long-lingering finish. Only 150 cases were produced. - Anthony Mueller”
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #246, December 2019), 91 pts

2017 Avennia Le Corbeau Discovery Vineyard Syrah - 92 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"Aromas of blackberry and violet accented by a note of stems. Sweet, supple wine with dark fruit flavors lifted by a black-peppery topnote and accented by cinnamony Red Hots. For all its high notes, this is essentially a creamy wine with no edges. I suspect it will tighten up in bottle and eventually display a more savory aspect. Incidentally, this will be the last vintage for this bottling because, beginning with vintage 2018, Chris Peterson will introduce some new single-vineyard Syrahs from the exciting new WeatherEye vineyard on top of Red Mountain. This steep site, owned by Cameron Myhrvold and farmed by Ryan Johnson, extends over the ridgeline and onto the northern flank of Red Mountain. The project is called Red Mountain Elevated, and Peterson is making the wines. (14.5% alcohol; done mostly in puncheons; vinified with 10% stems) - Stephen Tanzer”
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (December 2019), 92 pts

2017 Avennia Le Corbeau Discovery Vineyard Syrah - 92-94 PTS - JD

jeb dunnuck logo 250"The last vintage for this cuvée, the 2017 Syrah Le Corbeau Discovery Vineyard is similar in style to the Arnaut yet offers slightly more floral notes in its blue fruits, wild strawberry, violets, rose petal, and sappy, forest floor aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied, with bright acidity and good balance, it’s a beautiful Syrah that leans heavily toward the fresh, elegant end of the spectrum while still offering tons of character and pleasure.”
- Jeb Dunnuck (April 2019), 92-94 pts