Avennia Gravura Red Blend Columbia Valley

2017 Avennia Gravura Red Blend Columbia Valley - 93+ PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"Bright, dark, saturated red with ruby tones. Redcurrant, milk chocolate, graphite and fresh herbs on the nose. Densely packed, juicy and light on its feet, with dominant flavors of redcurrant and graphite perked up by a note of peppermint. A distinctly elegant, refined style with a creamy old-vines character (the Cabernet Franc was planted in 1997 and most of the rest of the fruit is from older vines) and lovely inner-mouth violet lift. Finishes with serious dusty tannins, hints of licorice and violet and subtle rising length. The 2016 version of this wine has a darker fruit character while this one is more Bordeaux-like in its graphite minerality (the wine is named after Graves) and classic dryness. This wine is also a bit more backward at this early stage than the 2016 was last year. I would not be at all surprised if it merited an even higher score five or six years down the road. (14.6% alcohol) - Stephen Tanzer"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (December 2019), 93+ pts

 

2017 Avennia Gravura Red Blend Columbia Valley - 93 PTS - WE

wine enthusiast 93 pts"Cabernet Sauvignon (47%) and Merlot (42%) make up the heart of this wine, with Cabernet Franc providing its soul. The aromas impress, with notes of bay leaf, thyme, graphite, dark coffee, raspberry and spice. The palate is classically styled and exquisitely balanced, bringing a sense of sophistication and detail, with plentiful cherry and herb accents. There's lovely sense of complexity. Firm, slightly green tannins back it all up. Just a baby now, it wants some time in the bottle to grow up. Best from 2024 to 2032. - SEAN P. SULLIVAN"
- Wine Enthusiast (April 2020), 93 pts

 

2016 Avennia Gravura Red Blend Columbia Valley - 92 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"(about 60% new oak; bottled in June): Bright dark red. Aromas of dark berries, licorice and hot rocks. Plush, smooth and concentrated, with something distinctly old-fashioned about its flavors of black fruits and spices complicated by leather, minerals and warm stones. A good portion of these vines date back to the early 1970s, says winemaker Peterson. Conveys a captivating sweetness owing to its glyceral character and slower wild-yeast fermentation but this is classically dry at less than one gram per liter of residual sugar. (14.6% alcohol) - Stephen Tanzer"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (November 2018), 92 pts

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2016 Avennia Gravura Red Blend Columbia Valley - 94 PTS - JD

jeb dunnuck logo 250"The 2016 Gravura checks in as 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot, and the balance Cabernet Franc, aged 20 months in 60% new French oak. It's another rock star of a wine from Chris that sports a saturated purple color, complex notes of blackberries, black cherries, damp earth, and spring flowers, hints of subtle oak, medium body, and perfect balance. Drink this seamless blend over the coming 10-15 years."
- Jeb Dunnuck (April 2019), 94 pts

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2016 Avennia Gravura Red Blend Columbia Valley - 93 PTS - JS

jeb dunnuck logo 250"Attractive rich dark berries with some blueberries of offer, as well as dark, bracken-like, savory influences. The palate has a smooth and succulent edge that really holds a lot of flavor in effortless style. Approachable yet age-worthy red. Drink or hold."
- Jeb Dunnuck (April 2019), 93 pts

 

2015 Avennia Gravura Red Blend Columbia Valley - 90 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"(owner/winemaker Chris Peterson upped the percentage of new oak in 2015 to 70%): Full medium-dark red. Aromas of currant, blackberry and black cherry complemented by sexy oak tones. Plush, plummy and sweet, conveying a fine-grained texture but also lovely mid-palate energy. Not hugely complex but offers captivating sweetness and considerable immediate appeal, with the Merlot component softening the wine. Peterson says his model here is the Graves. - Stephen Tanzer"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (October 2017), 90 pts

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