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Avennia Arnaut Syrah
Avennia
United States - Washington - Yakima Valley

For our taste, no one grows finer Syrah in the state than Dick Boushey. We named this wine after the Provencal Troubadour Arnaut Daniel, who invented the Sestina poem form, thus creating a connection between our two flagship efforts.

"This vintage brings a fresh, lively version of the Boushey terroir. The nose features dark blueberry and plum, crushed violets, and hints of roasted meat, and smoky mineral notes. On the palate, the vintage really shows itself, with lifted blue fruit, floral and savory umami notes, featured on a medium weight frame that expands as the wine opens up. The palate is silky with those signature Boushey tannins, echoing with blueberry preserves, candied licorice, minerals, and seared bacon fat. This wine could still use a couple of years in the cellar, and then be consumed over the next 10-12 years. It looks to be a worthy addition to the Arnaut vertical." - Chris Peterson, Winemaker

Specifications
Appellation
Yakima Valley
Wine Type
Red
Varietal(s)
100% Syrah
Vinification
Native yeast fermentation, 15% whole cluster.15% new French oak, aged 16 months. Bottled unfined, unfiltered.

Reviews and News

2018 Avennia Arnaut Syrah Yakima Valley - 95-97 PTS - JD

2018 Avennia Arnaut Syrah Yakima Valley - 95-97 PTS - JD

jeb dunnuck logo 250"Tasting like the essence of Syrah with its smoky, meaty, bacon fat nuances, the 2018 Syrah Arnaut Boushey Vineyard is medium to full-bodied, has a pure, balanced mouthfeel, plenty of building tannins, and a great, great finish. My money is on this being up with the top Syrahs in the vintage."
- Jeb Dunnuck (April 2020), 95-97 pts

 

2018 Avennia Arnaut Syrah Yakima Valley - 93 PTS - VINOUS

2018 Avennia Arnaut Syrah Yakima Valley - 93 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"Bright ruby. Aromatic nose combines blackberry, violet and black pepper; darker than the Justine blend. Fine-grained, tightly wound, juicy and very concentrated yet smooth from the start. Highly concentrated dark berry, spice, pepper and violet flavors could benefit from another year or two to meld--or give this wine some time in a decanter. This structured but smooth Syrah finishes with firm-edged dusty tannins, subtle sweetness and excellent length. (aged in 15% new French oak; made from vines planted in 1996 and 1994) - Stephen Tanzer"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (December 2020), 93 pts

2018 Avennia Arnaut Syrah Yakima Valley - 92 PTS - WA

2018 Avennia Arnaut Syrah Yakima Valley - 92 PTS - WA

wa92"Opaque with dark purple tears, the 2018 Syrah Boushey Vineyard Arnaut is massive and dense with a black-fruited core and mineral essence, with a black peppercorn-spiced heart. The expression feels condensed, compact and intense. Full-bodied, the palate is weighted and chewy with a dense, dark mouthfeel, gripping tannins and fruit expression verging on stewed, almost syrupy. With a balanced structure and elevated tannic backbone, the wine ends inky and black-fruited with a high-octane finish, presenting elevated alcohol. This Syrah is begging for a massive juicy, rare steak. - Anthony Mueller"
-Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (October 2020), 92 pts

 

2017 Avennia Arnaut Syrah Yakima Valley - 94 PTS - WWB

2017 Avennia Arnaut Syrah Yakima Valley - 94 PTS - WWB

washington wine blog logo"The 2017 ‘Arnaut’ Syrah is entirely sourced from the Boushey Vineyard in the Yakima Valley AVA and is a simply magical effort from superstar winemaker Chris Peterson. A glass-staining purple, the ‘Arnaut’ needs roughly an hour in the decanter to be fully aroused. Over time, this slowly opens with great aromatic range, from green peppercorns and sagebrush to shades of bacon fat, cigar ash and suggestions of bulls blood with fresh red fruits that round out the impressive bouquet. Soft and generous, with silky tannins and gobs of mouth-watering acidity, the ‘Arnaut’ shows ripe red and dark fruits that mingle with crushed mint, blackberry cobbler, mocha and tar on the palate. While a bit tightly wound in its youth, this beautiful new Syrah will have a long life in the cellar. Drink 2020-2035. - Owen Bargreen"
- Washington Wine Blog, 94 pts

 

2017 Avennia Arnaut Syrah Yakima Valley - 93 PTS - JD

2017 Avennia Arnaut Syrah Yakima Valley - 93 PTS - JD

jeb dunnuck logo 250"The 2017 Syrah Arnaut Boushey Vineyard is 100% Syrah from Dick Boushey's terrific vineyard located on the western side of the Yakima Valley. This is a cooler site, and I always find a certain Northern Rhone-like character from this region. This 2017 has a touch of Saint-Joseph in its blacker berry fruits, spring flowers, spice, and peppery aromas and flavors. With a medium-bodied mouthfeel, wonderful purity of fruit, and a great finish, drink this elegant yet ethereal Syrah over the coming decade."
- Jeb Dunnuck (April 2020), 93 pts

 

2016 Avennia Arnaut Syrah Yakima Valley - 94-97 PTS - JD

2016 Avennia Arnaut Syrah Yakima Valley - 94-97 PTS - JD

jeb dunnuck logo 250"Also deeply colored, the 2016 Syrah Arnaut Boushey Vineyard is a sensational, meaty, savory, complex beauty. Full-bodied, with sweet tannin, no hard edges and beautiful purity, it has fine, fine tannin, a bloody, salty character, and a great finish. It's rocking stuff."
- Jeb Dunnuck (April 2018), 94-97 pts

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2016 Avennia Arnaut Syrah Yakima Valley - 92 PTS - VINOUS

2016 Avennia Arnaut Syrah Yakima Valley - 92 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"(vinified with native yeasts; aged in 15% new oak): Bright ruby-red. Complex aromas of dark fruits, violet, mocha and espresso. Concentrated and plush, with its flavors of black fruits, licorice and spices lifted by a floral element and complicated by wilder notes of meat and garrigue. Boasts a lovely core of sweet fruit and finishes with excellent length.- Stephen Tanzer"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (November 2018), 92 pts

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2015 Avennia Arnaut Syrah Yakima Valley - 97 PTS - JD

2015 Avennia Arnaut Syrah Yakima Valley - 97 PTS - JD

jeb dunnuck logo 250"From one of my favorite sites in Yakima Valley, the 2015 Syrah Arnaut Boushey Vineyard (100% Syrah aged 16 months in 15% new French oak) is inky purple-colored with a gorgeous bouquet of ripe black raspberries, plums, white pepper, spice, and scorched earth. It's deep, full-bodied, and beautifully concentrated, with fine tannin, and has a great finish, all making for a brilliant Washington State Syrah. It's going to keep for 10-15 years."
- Jeb Dunnuck (April 2018), 97 pts

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2015 Avennia Arnaut Syrah Yakima Valley - 93+ PTS - WA

2015 Avennia Arnaut Syrah Yakima Valley - 93+ PTS - WA

wa93"The 2015 Syrah Boushey Vineyard Arnaut is impressive, wafting from the glass with a youthfully reticent bouquet of crushed currants, pencil lead and subtle dark chocolate. At this stage, there's more drama on the palate, where the wine is medium to full-bodied, deep and concentrated, with a lovely line of succulent acidity that lends it excellent tension and delineation. Forget it in the cellar for several years before following it for a decade. - William Kelley"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #237, June 2018), 93+ pts

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2015 Avennia Arnaut Syrah Yakima Valley - 93 PTS - WE

2015 Avennia Arnaut Syrah Yakima Valley - 93 PTS - WE

wine enthusiast 93 pts"Coming from one of the state's premier Syrah vineyards, brooding aromas of dried herb, iron, earth and boysenberry lead to a densely saturated palate. There's no doubt it comes from a warm vintage but it still shows pleasing complexities that reveal themselves over time."
- Wine Enthusiast (March 2018), 93 pts

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2015 Avennia Arnaut Syrah Yakima Valley - 92 PTS - WS

2015 Avennia Arnaut Syrah Yakima Valley - 92 PTS - WS

wine spectator 92 pts"Refined and well-built, with expressive black raspberry and smoky anise aromas and sleek yet deeply structured blackberry, black olive and orange peel flavors. Drink now through 2023. 350 cases made. –TF"
- Wine Spectator (May 2018), 92 pts

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2015 Avennia Arnaut Syrah Yakima Valley - 91+ PTS - VINOUS

2015 Avennia Arnaut Syrah Yakima Valley - 91+ PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"(15% alcohol; from vineyard blocks planted in 1994 and 1996, all Phelps clone): Bright ruby. Aromas of blackberry, boysenberry and licorice pastille. Juicy, intense and deep, with enticing dark berry and black cherry fruit flavors enlivened by crushed rock. Wonderfully dense and energetic wine, if still a bit youthfully tight. This is more about fruit than the Le Corbeau Syrah, which offers game and earth nuances, as well as less meaty than the 2014 Arnaut. The bright, persistent finish features fine-grained tannins that spread out to saturate the teeth and palate.- Stephen Tanzer"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (October 2017), 91+ pts

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2014 Avennia Arnaut Syrah Yakima Valley - 96 PTS - JD

2014 Avennia Arnaut Syrah Yakima Valley - 96 PTS - JD

jeb dunnuck logo 250"The 2014 Syrah Arnaut Boushey Vineyard is cut from the same cloth as the 2012 and has a ripe, full-bodied, sexy profile. Black fruits, scorched earth, violets, and spice all give way to a beautifully layered, seamless Syrah that shows more and more structure with time in the glass. I suspect this might shut down with 2-3 years of bottle age, so try a bottle now or hide them in the cellar for 4-6 years."
- Jeb Dunnuck (April 2018), 96 pts

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2014 Avennia Arnaut Syrah Yakima Valley - 95 PTS - WA

2014 Avennia Arnaut Syrah Yakima Valley - 95 PTS - WA

wa95"Deeper and richer than the Justine cuvee, the 100% Syrah 2014 Syrah Boushey Vineyard Arnaut (aged 16 months in 15% new French oak) is a sensational wine that offers awesome purity, full-bodied richness, ripe tannin and a great finish. With classic notes of black and blue fruits, pepper, olive, graphite and lavender, this sexy Syrah is going to drink nicely for at least a decade. - Jeb Dunnuck"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #231, June 2017), 95 pts

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2014 Avennia Arnaut Syrah Yakima Valley - 92 PTS - VINOUS

2014 Avennia Arnaut Syrah Yakima Valley - 92 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"(from older blocks planted in 1994 and 1996; made with wild yeasts, aged in 15% new oak and bottled in April without fining or filtration): Bright medium ruby. Sexy, musky scents of dark raspberry, game and violet face powder. Not a thick wine but wonderfully silky and sweet, with the violet quality and healthy integrated acidity giving the cherry, raspberry and light game flavors terrific floral lift. Really compelling inner-mouth perfume and personality here, with the native yeast fermentation contributing texture. This wonderfully plush, savory, pliant wine finishes long and aromatic, with perfectly integrated tannins and lingering sweetness.- Stephen Tanzer"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (November 2016), 92 pts

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2014 Avennia Arnaut Syrah Yakima Valley - 92 PTS - Editors' Choice - WE

2014 Avennia Arnaut Syrah Yakima Valley - 92 PTS - Editors' Choice - WE

wine enthusiast 92 pts"Coming from one of the state's most esteemed Syrah vineyards, this wine wins over fans by its brains rather than its brawn. High-toned aromas of dried herbs mix with notes of raspberry, blue fruit and iron. The flavors are fresh and layered, bringing a sense of vibrancy and deliciousness."
- Wine Enthusiast (February 2017), 92 pts - Editors' Choice

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2013 Avennia Arnaut Syrah Yakima Valley - 95 PTS - IWRep

2013 Avennia Arnaut Syrah Yakima Valley - 95 PTS - IWRep

international wine report logo"This amazing Syrah was aged 16 months in 15% new French oak prior to bottling. The wine begins with aromas of white pepper, smoked pork shoulder, wild blackberry and mocha. There are flavors of blackberry pie, mocha, and black cherry with suggestions of roasted dates. Massive, masculine and tannic right now, this will age gracefully for at least another decade. This is every bit as good as the absolutely exceptional 2012. Give this at least an hour decant before enjoying. (Best 2017-2028) - OB"
- International Wine Report (April 2016), 95 pts

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2013 Avennia Arnaut Syrah Yakima Valley - 94 PTS - WA

2013 Avennia Arnaut Syrah Yakima Valley - 94 PTS - WA

wa94"The 2013 Syrah Boushey Vineyard Arnaut is 100% Syrah that comes all from Dick Boushey’s vineyard and vines were planted in 1994 and 1996. Offering a la Mouline-like floral characteristics in its black raspberry, violets and meaty profile, this fabulous 2013 has medium to full-bodied richness, beautifully ripe, polished tannin and a killer finish. Aged 16 months in a scant 15% new French oak, give bottles 2-3 years of cellaring and enjoy them through 2028."
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #225, June 2016), 94 pts

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2013 Avennia Arnaut Syrah Yakima Valley - 92 PTS - WS

2013 Avennia Arnaut Syrah Yakima Valley - 92 PTS - WS

wine spectator 92 pts"Bright and spacious, with plum, mulberry and floral flavors that unfurl smoothly over a sleek frame, finishing with focus and generosity. The tannins are nicely resolved. Drink now through 2021. 425 cases made."
- Wine Spectator (April 2016), 92 pts

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2013 Avennia Arnaut Syrah Yakima Valley - 92 PTS - WE

2013 Avennia Arnaut Syrah Yakima Valley - 92 PTS - WE

wine enthusiast 92 pts"Mineral, mulberry, dried herb and black-fruit aromas lead to layered dark-fruit flavors that show intensity as well as exceptional balance. This has a delicious factor that is impossible to ignore."
- Wine Enthusiast (December 2015), 92 pts

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Producer Information: Avennia

Marty Taucher and Chris Peterson (Seattle Magazine’s 2017 Winemaker of the Year) got together in 2009, at first only to review Marty’s draft of a winery business plan. Peterson was ...
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