Avennia Valery Red Blend

2016 Avennia Valery Red Blend Columbia Valley - 93 PTS - JD

jeb dunnuck logo 250"Brought up in 30% new French oak, the 2016 Valery (70/30 Merlot and Cabernet Franc) offers more black cherry and earthy, herbal notes as well as a medium-bodied, seamless, beautifully balanced style. It too shows a vibrant, fresh, yet concentrated style that has a Bordeaux feel in its weight and texture."
- Jeb Dunnuck (April 2019), 93 pts

2016 Avennia Valery Red Blend Columbia Valley - 92 PTS - WA

wa92"A blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, the 2016 Valery spins out of the glass with aromas of ripe and juicy plum, sage, dark cherry skin and cocoa with signs of rocky minerality. Medium to full-bodied, there is a beautiful complexity across the mid-palate, showing youthful, dark red fruit with a mineral-driven focus. The wine lingers on the finish, with soft oak spices, healthy fruit expressions and hints of sage. I enjoyed sampling this delicious Merlot blend. This wine will go in my cellar. Only 240 cases were made. - Anthony Mueller"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #246, December 2019), 92 pts

2016 Avennia Valery Red Blend Columbia Valley - 91 PTS - Cellar Selection - WE

wine enthusiast 91 pts"Merlot from old blocks at Boushey Vineyards make up 70% of this wine, with the rest Cabernet Franc from esteemed Champoux Vineyard. Fascinating aromas of ripe red raspberry, earth, green herbs, cigar box and flower are followed by ripe, hedonistic fruit flavors that show the warmth of the vintage. Coffee notes linger on the finish. It's brings unignorable appeal and will have a very long life in front of it. Best after 2023. - SEAN P. SULLIVAN"
- Wine Enthusiast (September 2019), 91 pts, Cellar Selection

2016 Avennia Valery Red Blend Columbia Valley - 92 + PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"Good medium-dark red. Aromas of blueberry, mocha, licorice and violet are a bit darker than those of the 2015 version. Dense and penetrating, with wild flavors of dark berries, licorice and game given lift by rocky minerality and a minty nuance. Chris Peterson slightly acidified his Cabernet Franc from Champoux Vineyard, which he added to the wine for richness. This beauty may yet tighten up in the bottle.- Stephen Tanzer"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (November 2018), 92+ pts

2015 Avennia Valery Red Blend Columbia Valley - 92+ PTS - JD

jeb dunnuck logo 250"The 2015 Valery (70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc brought up in 30% new French oak) offers a deep, herbal, black-fruited, coffee bean and mineral-driven style. Medium to full-bodied, nicely concentrated, and fresh on the palate, with fine tannin, give this elegant, classic, slightly old-school effort a year or two of bottle age and enjoy over the following decade."
- Jeb Dunnuck (April 2018), 92+ pts

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2014 Avennia Valery Red Blend Columbia Valley - 92 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"(bottled in early June; 30% new oak): Bright red-ruby. Strong floral character to the dark aromas of blackberry, blueberry and sweet, spicy oak. The smooth dark berry fruit conveys penetrating sweetness, with subtle oak spices contributing complexity. This concentrated, very pliant wine finishes with suave, dusty tannins and palate-staining sweet cassis. The oak here is in perfect harmony with the wine's sappy fruit. Winemaker Peterson used much more Cabernet Franc in 2014 than in 2013, to exhilarating effect. - Stephen Tanzer"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (November 2016), 92 pts

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2014 Avennia Valery Red Blend Columbia Valley - 92 PTS - WE

wine enthusiast 92 pts"This wine is 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc, with the fruit coming from Boushey and Champoux vineyards. Seeing just 30% new French oak, the wine emphasizes the fruit, with wound-up aromas of herb, bay leaf, pencil lead and red cherry. The palate shows an exquisite sense of restraint along with a compelling mouthfeel. It's a beautiful expression of these two varieties, all about subtlety. Give it time to open up."
- Wine Enthusiast (August 2017), 92 pts

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