Gravura is our ode to the Graves AOC of Bordeaux, emphasizing 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. Featuring more Merlot and with 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: This wine leads with ripe plum, cassis, fresh cherries and mocha, with hints of bay leaf, dried thyme, and anise. Rich and weighty on the palate, with dark fruits, chocolate and herb notes, all upon a firm structure that will reward bottle age.
|Aging:||20 months in 50% New French Oak|
22% Bacchus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
20% Dionysus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
10% Red Willow Cabernet Sauvignon
14% Red Willow Merlot, 12% Boushey Merlot, 10% Klipsun Merlot, 6% Champoux Cab Franc, 6% Bacchus Cab Franc
|Item Number||Unit||Units/Case||Type||UPC - bottle||SCC - case||SRP/Unit|
|W0EE327012BLL||750ml||12||Glass||8 58793 00401 5||1 08 58793 00401 2||$43.95|
"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
"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
"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
"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
"(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
"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
"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
"(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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"(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
"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
"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
"(63% cabernet sauvignon, 29% merlot and 8% cabernet franc; aged in 50% new oak): Good full, bright red. Tightly wound aromas of cassis, bitter chocolate, licorice and black peppercorn. Broad, sweet and plush, but with a solid medicinal reserve to the flavors of dark berries, dark chocolate and coffee. This intense, fully ripe blend finishes with sweet, suave yet serious tannins and excellent building length. I'd give it at least a couple years in the cellar before pulling the cork. (Incidentally, I retasted the 2010 Gravura next to this wine and found it both seamless and seriously structured--perhaps even more solid than this 2011. My most recent score for the earlier vintage was 92(+?), up from 91 in Issue 165.)v- Stephen Tanzer"
- Vinous (November 2013), 91+ pts
"An entry-level Bordeaux-styled blend is the 2011 Gravura. A blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc that spent 20 months in 50% new French oak, it offers up a supple, pure profile with plenty of black currant, lead pencil, smoke and earthy qualities flowing to a medium to full-bodied, textured and surprisingly concentrated profile on the palate. Already delicious, it will evolve gracefully for over a decade and represents a superb value. - Jeb Dunnuck"
- The Wine Advocate (Issue #213, June 2014), 91 pts
"The name pays homage to the Graves region of Bordeaux, and the blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc also mimics those wines. Here the grapes are sourced from the Red Willow (Yakima Valley), Bacchus (Columbia Basin) and Klipsun (Red Mountain) vineyards. Supple, with beautifully integrated red fruits, and tannins as soft as a kiss, it’s masterful winemaking from Chris Peterson, who tended the wines of DeLille for many years."
Wine Enthusiast (June 1st 2013), 93 pts + Editor's choice
"(an homage to Graves; 54% cabernet sauvignon, 40% merlot and 6% cabernet franc): Good full red-ruby. Spicy aromas of redcurrant and tobacco leaf complicated by garrigue high notes. Juicy, complex and intense, with raspberry, cocoa powder, lead pencil and brushy earth tones that do remind me of Graves. This rather suave wine finishes with refined tannins and very good length"
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (Nov/Dec 2012), 91 pts
"Fresh and vital, featuring a layer of chewy tannins surrounding a vibrant core of blackberry and currant fruit, narrowing to a sharp beam on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2015 through 2020. 300 cases made. -HS"
Wine Spectator (Web Only 2013), 89 pts