2015 Avennia "Oliane" Yakima Valley Sauvignon Blanc (Previously $28)

SKU #1305908 91 points Vinous

 (60% from Boushey and 40% from Red Willow, harvested on August 19 and 20 in 2015; 20% malolactic fermentation; 10% new oak and 15% concrete egg): Pale yellow. Hints of ripe peach, honeysuckle, resin and minerals on the nose. On the palate, concentrated citrus peel and tropical fruit flavors are complicated by a mineral component from Red Willow and intensified by bracing acidity. This rather powerful Sauvignon Blanc will need another 9 to 12 months to release its minerality. Chris Peterson described the 2015 vintage as "merely early, not weird." He did not correct the alcohol or acidity (other than the partially blocked malo, of course), and the pH here is 3.15. (ST)  (7/2016)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 I always love this cuvee from Chris, and the 2015 Sauvignon Blanc Boushey Vineyard Oliane is no exception. Made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc (Boushey and Red Willow Vineyards) aged mostly in neutral oak (on lees), it had 15% of the blend aged in concrete eggs and 8% in new barrels. Lychee, citrus blossom, mint and some exotic notes all emerge from the glass and it's crisp, lively and pure on the palate. (JD)  (6/2017)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 A blend of fruit from top sites Boushey (60%) and Red Willow, the aromas are light, with notes of straw, lemon pith and grapefruit. The flavors show an elegant styling, framed by a tart zing of acidity that stretches out the finish. It's all about nuance.  (1/2017)

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Sauvignon Blanc

- One of the best known "international" varieties originally cultivated in France and considered the parent of, with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon. Sauvignon's wonderfully distinctive aromatics generate some of wine's most colorful descriptors, among them "cat pee," herbaceous, grassy, citrusy the world over. In France, the apex of Sauvignon Blanc production is the Loire Valley, in the appellations of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, where the terroir expresses itself most beautifully through the grape. Sauvignon Blanc is also the leading white grape varietal in Bordeaux, where it is paired with the fatter, richer Sémillon to varying degrees. Relatively easy to cultivate, though more suited to cool climates, Sauvignon Blanc has made inroads in Europe outside of France, especially in Northeastern Italy's Friuli and Alto Adige, but also on the Slovenian border. These lovely wines are often overshadowed by Sauvignon Blanc's achievements in the New World, namely New Zealand, South Africa and California. New Zealand's Sauvignon Blancs, more conspicuously fruity than most French examples, landed the small island nation on the world wine map in the late-1980s and 1990s. South African Sauvignons are one of the most successful international varieties produced in that country and are often quite elegant and affordable. In California, Robert Mondavi managed to, almost single-handedly, created a market for Sauvignon Blanc by renaming his oak-fermented version Fumé Blanc. While some wineries still use the name, California Sauvignon Blanc has secured its place in the California wine pantheon, particularly those from the Napa Valley. Washington State, Chile and Argentina also have considerable plantings of the grape.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- Washington has become one of the most important wine producing states in the United States, and development continues to grow rapidly. In 1969, when California was exploding as a wine producer, Washington had only two wineries, but by 2000 that number had passed 100. Most of Washington's grape crop goes to uses other than wine. Merlot and Chardonnay have been the most successful in Washington. It's interesting to note that Washington's prime wine regions are located at 46° north, along the same latitude as the legendary French wine districts of Bordeaux and Burgundy. During the summer, Washington averages more than two hours more sunlight each day compared to California.