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Avennia Gravura Red Blend
Avennia
United States - Washington - Columbia Valley

Gravura is Avennia's Bordeaux-style blend that emphasizes a harmony of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The name is a play on an artisan printing technique, and on the Bordeaux region of Graves, which features similar blends to this one. With more Merlot in the blend, and the addition of Red Mountain fruit, this wine is designed to be more generous and voluptuous in style, while still remaining complex and balanced.

Winemaker's notes: The 2015 Gravura is the most hedonistic yet, with aromas of black cherry coulis, red currants, chocolate truffle, violets, and a hint of leather. Rich and palate-coating mouthfeel with dark red and black berries, mocha, and toasted hazelnuts. There is a nice streak of acidity on palate to lift the large-scaled fruit and structure. This wine is tasting great already, but will age 5-8 years at least. - Chris Peterson, Winemaker

Specifications
Appellation
Columbia Valley
Wine Type
Red
Varietal(s)
46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc
Vinification
Native yeast fermentation, 60% new French oak, aged 20 months, bottled unfined & unfiltered.

Reviews and News

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

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

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 - 94 PTS - JD

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

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

 

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

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

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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2015 Avennia Gravura Red Blend Columbia Valley - 92 PTS - JD

2015 Avennia Gravura Red Blend Columbia Valley - 92 PTS - JD

jeb dunnuck logo 250"The entry-level Bordeaux blend is the 2015 Gravura, made from 47% Merlot, 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the balance Cabernet Franc and aged 20 months in 70% new French oak. It's the most open-knit, sexy, and voluptuous of the 2015s and has tons of ripe red and black fruits, chocolate, earth, and assorted spicy aromas and flavors. Rich, medium to full-bodied, and beautifully textured, drink it over the coming decade."
- Jeb Dunnuck (April 2018), 92 pts

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

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

wine spectator 91 pts"Densely structured and framed by taut tannins that are balanced by refined black cherry, crushed stone and bittersweet chocolate flavors. Needs time. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2019 through 2023. 1,050 cases made. –TF"

Wine Spectator's insider (May 2018), 91 pts

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

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 - 90 PTS - VINOUS

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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2014 Avennia Gravura Red Blend Columbia Valley - 92 PTS - WA

2014 Avennia Gravura Red Blend Columbia Valley - 92 PTS - WA

wa92"Another great year for this cuvee, the 2014 Gravura checks in as 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot and the balance Cabernet Franc. And while it’s the entry-level cuvee, it still spent 20 months in 50% new French oak. It's a plump, rounded, sexy red from Chris that has terrific notes of blackcurrants, leafy herbs and lead pencil. Medium to full-bodied, it shows the house style but in a more forward, early drinking, delicious style. - Jeb Dunnuck"
 - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #231, June 2017), 92 pts

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2014 Avennia Gravura Red Blend Columbia Valley - 91 PTS - WE

2014 Avennia Gravura Red Blend Columbia Valley - 91 PTS - WE

wine enthusiast 91 pts"This wine is a blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Franc. Aromas of plum, dried herb, cocoa and barrel spice are followed by reserved fruit and savory flavors. It shows a sense of poise and polish."
 - Wine Enthusiast (June 2017), 91 pts

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2014 Avennia Gravura Red Blend Columbia Valley - 90 PTS - VINOUS

2014 Avennia Gravura Red Blend Columbia Valley - 90 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"(this is Avennia's entry-level Bordeaux blend): Dark red-ruby. Aromas of blackberry and licorice with a touch of spicy oak. Broad and easygoing, offering a pliant texture and inviting sweetness. Doesn't have the complexity of the more ambitious bottlings here but delivers lovely warm-year fruit with an accent of fresh herbs from the Red Willow component. Nicely structured wine with a fine dusting of tannins and no rough edges. - Stephen Tanzer"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (November 2016), 90 pts

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2013 Avennia Gravura Red Blend Columbia Valley - 93 PTS - IWRep

2013 Avennia Gravura Red Blend Columbia Valley - 93 PTS - IWRep

international wine report logo"The 2013 'Gravura' follows up the highly impressive 2012 bottling of this red wine. This. Is a blend of 47% Cabernet, 44% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc. The blend was aged in 50% new French oak for 20 months prior to bottling. This wine begins with aromas of red cherry, red raspberry, mocha and sandalwood. There are flavors of coffee grounds, black olive, black cherry and boysenberry preserves. Lovely texture and mouthfeel, with light tannins and a long finish. This will cellar beautifully. (Best 2016-2028) - OB"
 - International Wine Report (October 2016), 93 pts

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2013 Avennia Gravura Red Blend Columbia Valley - 92 PTS - WE

2013 Avennia Gravura Red Blend Columbia Valley - 92 PTS - WE

wine enthusiast 92 pts"Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot make up nearly equal parts of this blend, with the balance Cabernet Franc (9%). Coming from a who's who of vineyards that includes Bacchus, Red Willow, Klipsun and Boushey, it offers nuanced, supremely well balanced aromas of spice, dried herb, raspberry and blackberry. The palate delivers on all of this promise with succulent yet still reserved red and black fruit flavors that show purity, focus and impeccable balance that kicks it up a notch."
 - Wine Enthusiast (July 2016), 92 pts

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2013 Avennia Gravura Red Blend Columbia Valley - 92 PTS - WA

2013 Avennia Gravura Red Blend Columbia Valley - 92 PTS - WA

wa92"The estate's entry-level Bordeaux blend is the 2013 Gravura, which is 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc that spent 20 months in equal parts new and used French oak barrels. It’s deep ruby/purple color is followed by a classic notes of leafy herbs, chocolate, tobacco leaf, black currants and earth. This medium to full-bodied, rounded and downright sexy 2013 has terrific mid-palate depth, supple tannin and an already hard to resist style. Nevertheless, it should still keep for 7-8 years."
 - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #225, June 2016), 92 pts

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2013 Avennia Gravura Red Blend Columbia Valley - 89+ PTS - VINOUS

2013 Avennia Gravura Red Blend Columbia Valley - 89+ PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo 250"Bright medium ruby. Cassis, bitter chocolate, wild herbs and violet on the nose. Fresh, concentrated black fruit flavors are accompanied by a slightly herbal quality and a pronounced mintiness. - Stephen Tanzer"
 - Vinous (November 2015), 89+ pts

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2012 Avennia Gravura Red Blend Columbia Valley - 92 PTS - VINOUS

2012 Avennia Gravura Red Blend Columbia Valley - 92 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo 250"(48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot and 11% Cabernet Franc): Saturated red-ruby. Fresh aromas of black raspberry and cocoa powder are complemented by sexy earth tones. Sweet, broad and fine-grained, showing lovely energy and lift to its flavors of dark berries and dark chocolate. Really spreads out to dust the palate with fruit. Finishes classy and very long, with well-integrated ripe tannins. This was bottled a month before I tasted it but showed no sign of shock or fatigue. A steal for the price. - Stephen Tanzer"
- Vinous (December 2014), 92 pts

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2012 Avennia Gravura Red Blend Columbia Valley - 91 PTS - WS

2012 Avennia Gravura Red Blend Columbia Valley - 91 PTS - WS

wine spectator 91 pts"Expressive and deftly balanced, with chai tea accents to the cherry and sassafras flavors, wrapped gently in a veil of fine tannins as the finish persists. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2022. -HS"

Wine Spectator's insider (May 20th 2015), 91 pts

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2011 Avennia Gravura Red Blend Columbia Valley - 92 PTS - WE

2011 Avennia Gravura Red Blend Columbia Valley - 92 PTS - WE

wine enthusiast 92 pts"Good news for the growing legion of admirers of this young winery—production of the Gravura has more than doubled in this vintage. It’s a classy, sophisticated wine with a clear target—the style of wine made in the Graves region of Bordeaux. Done with native ferment (no inoculation), the overall harmony of tart berry/cassis fruit, minerals, bright acidity and bourbon barrel highlights is exceptional."
- Wine Enthusiast (July 2014), 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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