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.
2012 Justine Tasting Note: Big black cherry, blackberry, hints of orange peel, fresh herbs and loam on the nose. Plush and round on the palate. Dark earthy fruits from the Mourvedre, along with citrus high notes, mountain flowers, jasmine, and savory herbs. Balanced and complex without forgetting its hedonistic roots in the Southern Rhone.
|Vintage:||2012||Grape Varietals:||49% Mourvedre, 28% Grenache, 23% Syrah||ABV:||15.1%|
|Aging:||16 months in neutral French Oak|
49% Kiona Heart of the Hill Mourvedre
28% Alder Ridge Grenache
23% Angela's Vineyard Syrah—Clone 383
TA 5.6 g/L
VA 0.70 g/L
Release September 2014
|Unit||Units/Case||Type||UPC - bottle||SRP/Unit|
|750ml||12||Glass||8 58793 00404 6||$47.50|
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"(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