Avennia Gravura Red Blend Columbia Valley

Avennia Gravura Red Blend Columbia Valley

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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2015 Avennia Gravura Red Blend Columbia Valley - 91 PTS - WE

wine enthusiast 91 pts"This wine is near equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, with the balance Cabernet Franc. Coming from a who's who of vineyards, the aromas are expressive, with notes of leafy dried herb, graphite, raspberry, cherry, toast, scorched earth, dark coffee and mineral. The palate shows an assortment of sweet red- and black-fruit flavors that display an exquisite sense of balance and polish. It's a superb value with a long life ahead of it."
 - Wine Enthusiast (July 2018), 91 pts

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2015 Avennia Gravura Red Blend Columbia Valley - 93 PTS - WA

wa93"A blend of 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc, the 2015 Gravura exhibits a classic bouquet of cassis, pencil shavings and rich soil, followed by a medium-bodied, velvety and layered palate, with a rich core of fruit that's attractively vibrant and already incipiently complex. This is a sophisticated, well-balanced and keenly priced Bordeaux blend that definitely impressed me. - William Kelley"
 - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #237, June 2018), 93 pts

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