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Avennia Sestina Cabernet Sauvignon
Avennia
United States - Washington - Columbia Valley

The story of this wine - The Sestina is an ancient form of poetry from Medieval France. Just as a modern poet can fill this form with new expressions, Avennia uses the traditional Bordeaux blend to express Washington. Sestina is their vision for an old vine, complex blend where all of the components complement each other. This wine is designed for the cellar, so the emphasis is on structure, balance, and complexity.


Winemaker Tasting Notes - “Good deep ruby/garnet color, with aromas of black cherry, fresh black currant, dark mocha, cigar box, and graphite. The palate is lively and dense with mountain berries, mocha, vanilla honey, damp earth, and wildflowers. The finish shows a distinct chalky minerality and beautiful tension. This is a classically balanced and ageworthy Sestina. Drink 2025-2040.” - Chris Peterson, Winemaker

Specifications
Appellation
Columbia Valley
Wine Type
Red
Varietal(s)
77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc
Age of vines
35-50 years old
Vinification
Native yeast, 54% new French oak, aged 21 months.
Bottled unfined, unfiltered.
pH 3.81
TA 5.6 g/L
VA .70 g/L
Production
400 (9-liter cases)

Reviews and News

2017 Avennia Sestina Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley - 95 PTS - JD

2017 Avennia Sestina Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley - 95 PTS - JD

jeb dunnuck logo 250"The Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated release from Peterson, the 2017 Sestina comes from the Red Willow, Bacchus, and Dionysus vineyards. Rocking levels of crème de cassis, sappy herbs, violets, and cedar pencil all flow to a full-bodied, incredibly pure, polished 2017 that offers flawless balance, ripe tannins, and a great, great finish. It's more approachable than normal yet is still going to evolve for 15 to 20 years. The blend is 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc, all raised 20 months in 50% new French oak."

- Jeb Dunnuck (April 2020), 95 pts

2016 Avennia Sestina Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley - 95+ PTS - TOP 100 - JD

2016 Avennia Sestina Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley - 95+ PTS - TOP 100 - JD

jeb dunnuck logo 250"The 2016 Sestina checks in as 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc that saw 21 months in 48% new French oak before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. It shows the purity and elegance of the vintage beautifully and offers classic Cabernet notes of crème de cassis, lead pencil, crushed rocks, and tobacco leaf. With beautiful balance and that more elegant, finesse-driven style of the estate, it packs plenty of fruit and is a seamless wine that will benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age and keep for 15-20 years."

- Jeb Dunnuck (The 2016s From Washington State, April 11th 2019), 95+ pts
#52 in the TOP100 Red Wines of 2019

 

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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