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Avennia Le Corbeau Discovery Vineyard Syrah
Avennia
United States - Washington - Horse Heaven Hills

Named after the French word for Crow, or Raven, this Syrah is certainly as dark as the name implies. Hailing from Discovery Vineyard, perched high above the Columbia River in the heart of the Horse Heaven Hills, these grapes were grown in a very unique terroir. Avennia's approach of old-world style, minimalist winemaking allows for full expression of the fruit, showcasing the elegant and savory side of Syrah.

"Leads with a nice balance of dark fruits—blackberry and blueberry—with more savory elements, including blackberry leaf, olive, charcuterie, and a hint of shiitake. The palate features snappy fresh black fruits, a hint of smoked meat, and a lively finish with plenty of savory elements that make this wine quite interesting. Give it a year in the cellar and enjoy over the next eight years or so." - Chris Peterson, Winemaker

Specifications
Appellation
Horse Heaven Hills
Wine Type
Red
Varietal(s)
100% Syrah
Age of vines
20 years old
Agricultural Practices
Sustainable
Soil type
silt loam
Vinification
Oldest syrah blocks from Discovery Vineyard.
Native yeast fermentation, 10% whole cluster.
Aged 16 months in 100% neutral French oak barrels.
Bottled unfined, unfiltered.
Production
150 (9-liter cases)
Pairings

lamb

Reviews and News

2017 Avennia Le Corbeau Discovery Vineyard Syrah - 92-94 PTS - JD

2017 Avennia Le Corbeau Discovery Vineyard Syrah - 92-94 PTS - JD

jeb dunnuck logo 250"The last vintage for this cuvée, the 2017 Syrah Le Corbeau Discovery Vineyard is similar in style to the Arnaut yet offers slightly more floral notes in its blue fruits, wild strawberry, violets, rose petal, and sappy, forest floor aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied, with bright acidity and good balance, it’s a beautiful Syrah that leans heavily toward the fresh, elegant end of the spectrum while still offering tons of character and pleasure.”
- Jeb Dunnuck (April 2019), 92-94 pts

2017 Avennia Le Corbeau Discovery Vineyard Syrah - 92 PTS - VINOUS

2017 Avennia Le Corbeau Discovery Vineyard Syrah - 92 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"Aromas of blackberry and violet accented by a note of stems. Sweet, supple wine with dark fruit flavors lifted by a black-peppery topnote and accented by cinnamony Red Hots. For all its high notes, this is essentially a creamy wine with no edges. I suspect it will tighten up in bottle and eventually display a more savory aspect. Incidentally, this will be the last vintage for this bottling because, beginning with vintage 2018, Chris Peterson will introduce some new single-vineyard Syrahs from the exciting new WeatherEye vineyard on top of Red Mountain. This steep site, owned by Cameron Myhrvold and farmed by Ryan Johnson, extends over the ridgeline and onto the northern flank of Red Mountain. The project is called Red Mountain Elevated, and Peterson is making the wines. (14.5% alcohol; done mostly in puncheons; vinified with 10% stems) - Stephen Tanzer”
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (December 2019), 92 pts

2017 Avennia Le Corbeau Discovery Vineyard Syrah - 91 PTS - WA

2017 Avennia Le Corbeau Discovery Vineyard Syrah - 91 PTS - WA

wa91"The 2017 Le Corbeau Discovery Vineyard Syrah has a black-fruited core, exuding rich focus and a dusty rockiness. On the palate, this is not as savory as the Arnaut Syrah, but it still possesses a bold and expressive structure with good mineral tension. The wine expands with precision and complexity on the long-lingering finish. Only 150 cases were produced. - Anthony Mueller”
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #246, December 2019), 91 pts

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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