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

Justine reflects our belief that Washington is capable of producing world class blends of grape varieties traditional to the Southern Rhone region of France. The name is inspired by one of the great heroines of recent literature, who also sprung from the imagination of the Mediterranean. Dark, seductive, complex, with a chasm of depth: The Justine is a great reflection of Avennia's mission of expression, and Washington's generous terroir.

The 2013 vintage marks a new era for Justine. It is the first year we began to source Upland Vineyard Grenache to the blend. This beautiful south-facing site in the middle of the Yakima Valley produces some of the best Grenache in the state, almost Old World in style, which we have blended with our other Grenache block in the Horse Heaven Hills, and Mourvedre and Syrah from Red Mountain, to create our version of the Southern Rhone blend. The vibrancy and focused fruit characters that are emblematic of the vintage are particularly well suited to this lively and complex wine.

Leading with aromas of black raspberry,kirsch, lavender, jasmine, and wet limestone, the palate is concentrated and focused, with a complex array of dark red fruits, blackberry from the Mourvedre, licorice root, garrigue, and finishing with savory umami notes and a stony minerality that evokes the Old World wines that inspired this classic blend.

Specifications
Appellation
Columbia Valley
Wine Type
Red
Varietal(s)
47% Grenache, 38% Mourvedre, 15% Syrah
Vinification
Native yeast, 15% whole cluster fermentation, 20% aged in concrete, 80% aged 16 months in neutral French oak. Bottled unfined, unfiltered.

Reviews and News

2016 Avennia Justine Red Blend Columbia Valley - 92-94 PTS - JD

2016 Avennia Justine Red Blend Columbia Valley - 92-94 PTS - JD

jeb dunnuck logo 250"A blend of 56% Grenache, 31% Mourvèdre, 13% Syrah brought up all in older oak, the 2016 Justine offers a great core of black fruits as well as lots of peppery herbs, earth, and classic meatiness. It looks to be a great vintage for this cuvée."
- Jeb Dunnuck (April 2018), 92-94 pts

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2015 Avennia Justine Red Blend Columbia Valley - 91 PTS - JD

2015 Avennia Justine Red Blend Columbia Valley - 91 PTS - JD

jeb dunnuck logo 250"The entry-level Rhône blend is the 2015 Justine, 55% Grenache, 32% Mourvèdre and the rest Syrah brought up in neutral French oak puncheons and barrels. Black cherries, blueberries, spice box, and dried, peppery herbs notes all flow to a pure, medium to full-bodied, elegant red that has nicely integrated acidity and a great finish. It's ideal for drinking over the coming 4-7 years."
- Jeb Dunnuck (April 2018), 91 pts

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

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

international wine report logo"Head winemaker, Chris Peterson, has absolutely nailed this red blend, their 'Justine.' This wine is a blend of 47% Grenache, 38% Mourvèdre and 15% Syrah. They have used Upland Vineyard Grenache, Kiona Heart of the Hill Mourvedre, Alder Ridge Grenache, and Angela’s Vineyard Syrah. The red blend begins with rose petals, red cherry, crushed wet rock and red raspberry. There are flavors of red cherry, pomegranate, wild blackberry and mocha. This is incredibly complex and delicious wine that has a gorgeous texture and weight on there mid palate. This is hard not to enjoy right out of the bottle right now. (Best 2016-2026)- OB"
- International Wine Report (April 2016), 93 pts

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

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

wa92"The 2013 Justine (47% Grenache, 38% Mourvèdre and 15% Syrah) gives up lots of Kirsch and black raspberry fruit as well as classic wild herbs, licorice, and spice aromas and flavors. Sexy, gorgeously layered and with fine tannin, it has a great finish and will drink well through 2023. Washington state needs more of these consumer-friendly, balanced and hard to resist efforts. - Jeb Dunnuck"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #225, June 2016), 92 pts

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2013 Avennia Justine Red Blend Columbia Valley - 91 PTS - WE

2013 Avennia Justine Red Blend Columbia Valley - 91 PTS - WE

wine enthusiast 91 pts"This wine is a blend of Grenache (47%), Mourvèdre (38%) and Syrah. It's loaded with aromas and flavors of black raspberry, herbs, potpourri, peppery spices and kirsch. The plump red and black-fruit flavors show an exquisite balance of richness and restraint that carries through the long finish."
- Wine Enthusiast (July 2016), 91 pts

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2013 Avennia Justine Red Blend Columbia Valley - 91 PTS - VINOUS

2013 Avennia Justine Red Blend Columbia Valley - 91 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo 250"Aged in 100% neutral oak. Good dark red. Sappy, liqueur-like aromas and flavors of boysenberry and licorice. Very concentrated and fresh but distinctly dark in its fruit character and evolving slowly. This very savory wine showed notes of mocha and Provencal herbs as it opened in the glass. Nicely delineated and firmly built: this reminded me of a topflight Vacqueyras. - Stephen Tanzer"
- Vinous (November 2015), 91 pts

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2012 Avennia Justine Red Blend Columbia Valley - 92 PTS - WA

2012 Avennia Justine Red Blend Columbia Valley - 92 PTS - WA

wa92"A blend of 49% Mourvedre, 28% Grenache and 23% Syrah, the 2012 Justine has lots of minerality in its black fruits, smoked earth and meaty, peppery bouquet. Full-bodied, concentrated and with building tannin, this rocking GSM blend saw 15% stem inclusion, native yeast and 17 months in neutral oak before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. Drink it anytime over the coming decade. - Jeb Dunnuck"
- Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate (Issue 219, June 2015), 92 pts

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2012 Avennia Justine Red Blend Columbia Valley - 91-93+ PTS - WA

2012 Avennia Justine Red Blend Columbia Valley - 91-93+ PTS - WA

wa300"The Rhone-inspired 2012 Justine is 49% Mourvedre, 28% Grenache and 23% Syrah that saw 15% whole cluster fermentation and no new oak. Structured, firm and muscular, it gives up plenty of peppery herbs, mineral, iron, beef blood and black cherry to go with a medium to full-bodied, savory profile on the palate. It will need a few years to chill out on release, yet have upwards of 15 years or so of total longevity."
- Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate (Issue 213, June 2014), 91-93+ pts

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2011 Avennia Justine Red Blend Yakima Valley - 92 PTS - WE

2011 Avennia Justine Red Blend Yakima Valley - 92 PTS - WE

Wine Enthusiast 92 Pts"The Justine, a new, southern Rhône-style red blend from Avennia, is an expressive wine, with aromas of berries, plums and cassis. There’s a whiff of smoked meat also, but the Grenache—roughly half of the blend—brings lovely fruit that trumps the rest. Delicious now, or cellar it for a few more years.- PG"

Wine Enthusiast, 92 pts

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2011 Avennia Justine Red Blend Columbia Valley - 91 PTS - WA

2011 Avennia Justine Red Blend Columbia Valley - 91 PTS - WA

wa91"A Rhone-style blend of 46% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre and 24% Syrah, the 2011 Justine offers up a peppery, meaty style with notions of spice, dried underbrush, beef blood and dark cherry and currant fruit. Medium-bodied, supple, pure and elegant, with integrated acidity and a focused finish, it’s a superb effort that will drink nicely for 8-10 years. - Jeb Dunnuck."
- Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate (Issue 213, June 2014), 91 pts

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2011 Avennia Justine Red Blend Columbia Valley - 91 PTS - IWC

2011 Avennia Justine Red Blend Columbia Valley - 91 PTS - IWC

Tanzer International Wine Cellar 91 Pts"(a blend of 46% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre and 24% Syrah; all wild yeasts; no new oak): Bright ruby-red. Black cherry and licorice aromas are accented by black pepper, mint and herbs. Densely packed and thick but youthfully tight and juicy, with very good intensity to the blackberry liqueur and sappy red fruit flavors. The serious but suave tannins arrive late, allowing this fresh, complex wine to express itself. Very long on the aftertaste."

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, 91 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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