Avennia 2014 Justine Red Blend | 92 POINTS

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The 2014 Avennia Justine is the Rhône-inspired blend in the lineup. It begins with a brooding nose of black raspberry, blackberry cordial, white pepper, lavender, violet, and crushed stone. This wine then shows great concentration and elegance, with dark red fruits, Herbes de Provence, and mineral notes echoing in the long finish. There is easily a decade's worth of life here.

Varietal Composition: 43% Grenache, 36% Mourvèdre, 19% Syrah
Appellation: Columbia Valley AVA
Aging: 16 months, neutral French oak
Cases: 410
Winemaker: Chris Peterson

92 Points, "Editors' Choice" - Wine Enthuiast
"This wine is a blend of Grenache (45%), Mourvèdre (36%) and 19% Syrah. Reserved aromas of dark berry and herb lead to vibrant fruit flavors that display a lovely sense of texture and detail. The balance and combination of richness and restraint is exquisite, as is the finish. It impresses." -SS, 6/1/17

92 Points - Wine Advocate
"Blackberries, blueberries, violets, peppery herbs and river rock-like characteristics emerge from Chris's 2014 Justine, which is his entry-level Rhône blend. Made from 45% Grenache, 36% Mourvèdre and 19% Syrah, it has a medium to full-bodied texture, notable purity and integrated acidity, all of which is going to keep it drinking nicely through 2022+. This cuvee spent 16 months all in neutral oak, with just a single racking." -JD, 6/30/17

91 Points - Vinous
"(bottled in late April): Bright, dark red. Aromas of black cherry, raspberry, licorice, violet and tree bark. Suave and silky, offering terrific breadth and spicy lift. Shows less obvious garrigue character than the 2013 version but this wine has more stuffing and sweetness of fruit, with subtle notes of spices, anise and tarragon. Finishes spicy, long and sweetly tannic. Impeccably extracted wine, but I wouldn't be at all surprised if it tightened up in the bottle." -ST, Nov/2016


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