Avennia Justine Red Blend Yakima Valley

2018 Avennia Justine Red Blend Columbia Valley - 93 PTS - WA

wa93"With a lovely, aromatic nose, the 2018 Justine is elegant with aromas of purple flowers, black pepper spices and soft oaky tones, then offers up nuances of smoked sausages, black olive, dried herbs and sun-kissed lavender and violet petals that sway with hints of baked earth and worn leather. Medium to full-bodied, the wine is expressive, floral, clean and focused with elegant plum tones and black raspberries that have been dusted with finely ground black peppercorn. Displaying amazing focus with a soft floral essence, the wine concludes with an elegant, long-lingering finish that evolves in the mouth with a delicate floral tension and soft spiciness that is simply amazing. Wow! - Anthony Mueller"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (October 2020), 93 pts

2018 Avennia Justine Red Blend Columbia Valley - 92 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"Good dark red. Slightly liqueur-like nose offers aromas of redcurrant, raspberry, peppery herbs and mocha, plus a whiff of milk chocolate; less meaty than the 2017 but very aromatic. Moderately sweet, smooth, seamless and easygoing, with raspberry and redcurrant fruit flavors complicated by mocha, smoke and spices. Very seductive wine with no edges, but easygoing acidity gives lift to the rather plump middle palate. Finishes with suave, dusty tannins and excellent subtle persistence. This is balanced to drink young, but has the vinosity for several years of development in bottle. A lovely showing. (aged in 75% neutral French oak and 25% concrete egg; owner/winemaker Chris Peterson normally destems his Rhône varieties but then adds back 15% to 20% of the stems into the fermenter)- Stephen Tanzer"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (December 2020), 92 pts

2018 Avennia Justine Red Blend Columbia Valley - 93-95+ PTS - JD

jeb dunnuck logo 250"The Southern Rhone-inspired wine is the 2018 Justine, which is 61% Grenache, 21% Mourvèdre, and 18% Syrah that saw a small amount of stems and mostly neutral oak. Lots of spice, herbes de Provence, and peppery incense notes dominate the bouquet, and it has a great core of red fruits, medium-bodied richness, and a silky, expansive mouthfeel. It’s a beautiful looking Rhone blend from Washington State."
- Jeb Dunnuck (April 2020), 93-95+ pts

2017 Avennia Justine Red Blend Columbia Valley - 91-93 PTS - JD

jeb dunnuck logo 250"The Grenache-dominated 2017 Justine (there’s 23% Mourvèdre and a small amount of Syrah) has a touch Pinot Noir-like character in its aromas and texture. Dark berries, violets, forest floor, and spring flower notes all emerge from this medium-bodied, pretty, elegant Rhône blend that’s going to drink nicely right out of the gate."
- Jeb Dunnuck (April 2019), 91-93 pts

2017 Avennia Justine Red Blend Columbia Valley - 92 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"Healthy medium red. Slightly wild aromas of red raspberry, smoked meat and peppery herbs. Tactile and energetic in the mouth, conveying a juicy quality and excellent energy and lift to its flavors of strawberry, wild cherry, anise and pepper. This is ultimately quite silky and fine-grained, as well as a bit lower in alcohol than the 2016 bottling. Chris Peterson included 20% stems in the fermentation but noted that he still destems all of his fruit and then adds back a portion of the stems. Incidentally, Peterson discontinued his Les Trouvés Red Wine after the 2016 vintage, as he introduced his new value-priced Lydian wines. (14.6% alcohol) - Stephen Tanzer"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (December 2019), 92 pts

2017 Avennia Justine Red Blend Columbia Valley - 93 PTS - Editors' Choice - WE

wine enthusiast 93 pts"Grenache (61%) is in the lead on this wine, followed by Mourvèdre (23%) and Syrah. Alluring aromas of raspberry, blueberry, thistle, herb, smoked meat and black pepper are followed by lush, achingly pure red and blue fruit flavors, accented by a lovely sense of spicing. It's deft but pure. Smoked meat and black pepper notes linger on the extremely long finish. The balance throughout is impressive—a complete stunner. Best from 2023 to 2030, with good life beyond that. - SEAN P. SULLIVAN"
- Wine Enthusiast (April 2020), 93 pts, Editors' Choice

2017 Avennia Justine Red Blend Columbia Valley - 92 PTS - WA

wa92"A blend of 61% Grenache, 23% Mourvèdre and 16% Syrah, the 2017 Justine has a dusty, red-fruited nose with subtle red spices and hints of cherry blossom. Medium-bodied, the wine has a terroir-driven palate and tastes of dusty cherry, seeming just a touch tart across the mid-palate. The wine lingers long on the firm, spicy and dusty finish. With only 315 cases made, I recommend seeking some out at this price. - Anthony Mueller"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #246, December 2019), 92 pts