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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 - 0 available ($59.99)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Sestina is showing very well, offering up a rich, more exuberant bouquet than the 2014 rendition. This emphasizes notes of cassis, black plums, dark chocolate, espresso roast and a subtle framing of new oak. On the palate, it's full-bodied and lavish but controlled, with an ample, more sun-kissed core of fruit and fine-grained structuring tannins. Like the 2014, it's a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. While the 2014 and 2015 are quite different in style, it's hard to choose between them qualitatively. While it needs a few years in the cellar, I suspect the 2015 will hit its peak sooner. (WK)" (06/2018)

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)

93 points Vinous: "(bottled in June; from a 1997 planting; 60% new oak): Bright medium ruby. Very expressive, perfumed scents of cassis, violet and cocoa powder. At once large-scaled and brisk, showing captivating Cabernet Franc floral lift to its flavors of black fruits, espresso and minerals. A juicy, energetic midweight with serious rising length, this beauty delivers excellent palate coverage without any impression of weightiness. Stands out now for its flashy 2015 fruit but this wine should settle down in bottle and mature gracefully. (ST)" (10/2017)

93 points Wine Enthusiast: "This delicious blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc hails from Red Willow, Dionysus and Bacchus vineyards. It's locked-up on first pour, opening to reveal bittersweet chocolate, graphite, raspberry, blackberry and dried herb notes. The palate is soft and smooth yet dense, showing sophistication, structure and impressive length. (SS)" (08/2018)