Avennia 2015 Valery Red Blend

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The 2015 Avennia Valery is a right-bank inspired Bordeaux blend named for the patron saint of wine in the St. Emilion region that inspired it. Merlot from Yakima Valley and aromatic Cabernet Franc from the Horse Heaven Hills result in a balanced, complex wine with the elegance and ethereal perfume that this blend of two of Washington's best varietals are known for.

Varietal Composition: 70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc
Appellation: Columbia Valley AVA
Aging: 20 months, French oak, 40% new
Production: 250 cases
Winemaker: Chris Peterson

93 Points - Wine Advocate
"A blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, the 2015 Valery offers up a creamy bouquet of ripe plums, wild berries, dried flowers and candied peel that's marked by its Champoux Cabernet Franc component. The Merlot makes its presence felt on the velvety and plush medium to full-bodied palate. Nicely concentrated and complete, the wine concludes with fine-grained tannins and a nicely delineated finish." -WK, 6/29/18

92 Points, "Editors' Choice" - Wine Enthusiast
"This blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc from Boushey and Champoux vineyards is bouyantly aromatic, with dark raspberry, leafy herb, cocoa powder and incense notes. On the palate, it's flavorful yet light-footed and exquisitely balanced. Thoroughly captivating." -SS, 8/1/18

92 Points - Vinous
"(30% new oak): Good full red. Aromas of raspberry, plum and spices, complicated by a smoky, flinty nuance. Harmonious acidity gives a penetrating quality to this very suave midweight yet its flavors of spicy red and darker berry fruits are pliant and utterly seamless. Finishes suave and long, with echoing berry flavors joined by graphite minerality and a very subtle oak component. Really fills the mouth without leaving any impression of weightiness. The pH here is in the low 3.8s, according to Peterson. I retasted the 2014 version alongside this wine and found it to be of similar quality but firmer today and more dominated by its spine of tannins. But the 2015 has plenty of structure for aging." -ST, Oct/2017


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