2018 Avennia "Gravura" Columbia Valley Bordeaux Blend (Elsewhere $40+)

SKU #1518825 94 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Checking in as a blend of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, and 12% Cabernet Franc, the 2018 Gravura gives up a big, rich, Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated nose of darker currants, leafy herbs, graphite, and damp earth. It shows more floral and sappy herb notes with time in the glass and is wonderfully complex. Medium to full-bodied on the palate, it has sweet tannins, plenty of mid-palate depth, and a charming, undeniably delicious, and ready-to-go profile that should still keep for a decade. Inner quote mark (5/2021)

93 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark A full-bodied red with aromas of black plum, black cherry, chocolate, mocha and tar. Seductively spiced and polished with firm, creamy tannins, framing a plush core of dark fruit and chocolate. Flavorful, rounded finish. 48% cabernet sauvignon, 40% merlot and 12 % cabernet franc. Inner quote mark (5/2021)

92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Musky, smoky, Graves-like aromas of redcurrant, red cherry, milk chocolate, warm stones and graphite minerality. Wonderfully suave, sweet and fine-grained, offering terrific intensity--even a creamy quality (the Cab and Merlot are from pre-1990 plantings, according to Chris Peterson)--and lovely pliancy to its redcurrant, spice, mineral, stone and mocha flavors. Finishes with very smooth but substantial dusty tannins and subtle lingering red berry flavor. Classically dry and already wonderfully attractive wine: seamless, complex, tactile and edge-free. (ST) Inner quote mark (12/2020)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Cabernet Sauvignon makes up 48% of this wine, with Merlot another 40% and the rest Cabernet Franc. Coming from top sites Dionysus, Bacchus, Red Willow, Klipsun and Boushey, it's all about sophistication, with its aromas and flavors of cherry, dried herbs, plum, leaf and graphite. The balance of the restrained but action-packed fruit flavors is exquisite. The finish sticks around. *Editor's Choice* (SS) Inner quote mark (5/2021)

92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Generous and expressive, with floral black cherry, rose petal and savory herb accents that build richness toward refined tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. (TF, Web-2021) Inner quote mark

K&L Notes

Gravura is Avennia's homage to left bank Bordeaux-style blends. The fruit comes from some of the most heralded vineyards in the state including: Red Willow, Klipsun, Boushey and Champoux. Winery Notes: "Gravura is our Bordeaux-style blend that emphasizes a harmony of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The name is a play on an artisan printing technique, and on the Bordeaux region of Graves, which features similar blends to this one. This wine is designed to be generous and voluptuous in style, while still remaining complex and balanced. Blend: 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc. Aged 20 months in 60% new French oak."

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/1/2021 | Send Email
The Avennia wines are simply exceptional. If you don't have any of these wines in your cellar your are missing out on some of the finest Bordeaux style blends being made anytwhere in the USA. The value here in this "Gravura" botting is just astounding. The fruit here is sourced from vineyards including: Red Willow, Klipsun, Champoux and Boushey. Now, if your Washington vineyard knowledge isn't up to scratch let me give you some Napa equivalents...this is like blending To Kalon, Harlan, Martha's, Spottswoode...I mean there are no other sites in Washington with better quality and pedigree than these. These are vineyards proven over many decades to produce world-class Bordeaux style wines. To get this for the winery's already modest SRP of $40 is incredible, and yet we managed to shave another 25% off that! Across the lineup at Avennia the wines have a great balance of rich, succulent fruit and powerful age worthy structure. The Gravura struts its stuff with briary black and red currants, warm plum, pipe tobacco, leather and a firm core of rocky minerals. The fruit is plush and luxurious whilst never departing too far from it's classical Bordeaux roots. Very serious wine for the money and one I implore you to check out.
Drink from 2021 to 2040

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