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Potential 97-Point “Old-School” Cab That Will Knock Your Socks Off - 03/08/2018 - Cabernet Sauvignon (domestic)

As Jeb Dunnuck points out, winemaker Chris Peterson is making some of the best wines out of Washington State. Case in point is his 2015 Avennia "Sestina," which garnered a potential 97-point score and an absolutely glowing review from Dunnuck. For fans of classic, old-school Cabs, this blockbuster effort delivers in spades. Powerful, concentrated, and fruit-forward, it moves from one strength to the next building towards a long, lasting finish. The right balance of new French oak complements the delicious core of fruit beautifully, adding accents of vanilla, mocha, and baking spice. With a profile that compares to the best out of Napa and a composition that resembles a classic, Left Bank blend, it is very attractively priced at $59.99. Limited production, collectible Cabs of this quality routinely break the $100 mark, making this a value any serious Cab lover won’t want to miss. Given the strong press, price, and quality of the vintage, we expect the price will climb, so securing on pre-arrival is definitely the way to go.

2015 Avennia "Sestina" Bordeaux Blend Columbia Valley ($59.99)

95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Sestina is another tour de force from Chris that's going to check in near the top of the hierarchy. Made from 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, this full-bodied, savory, deep, rich and concentrated beauty just screams "Cabernet!" with its graphite, lead pencil, chocolate and black and blue fruit profile. It has building, ripe tannin and is going to benefit from cellaring. (JD)" (06/2017)

95 points Jeb Dunnuck: "The flagship 2015 Sestina checks in as 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc brought up in 60% new French oak. Gorgeous notes of blackcurrants, black cherries, graphite, wet river rock, and leafy herbs all emerge from this beautifully balanced, fresh, classic wine that's still tight and backward. It's not a blockbuster but has building richness and tannin, as well as a great finish. Give bottles 2-3 years and enjoy over the following 10-15. 95+" (04/2018)