Full Pull Avennia Rarities

Hello friends. We have a couple rarities from our friends at Avennia today; a pair of wines each within spittin’ distance of being sold out. The winery has set aside small parcels of both wines for us, and we’ll get one shot to access them. We’ll place our order Monday morning (May 16), so please try to get order requests in no later than Sunday evening.

2015 Avennia L’Egerie Rose
Avennia doesn’t make much rosé (150 cases), and the vast majority gets snapped up by their mailing list at their spring pickup party. But a little gets set aside for other Avennia supporters. Like us.

It’s a 70/30 blend of Grenache from Upland Vineyard on Snipes Mountain and Mourvedre from Kiona Heart of the Hill on Red Mountain. Half whole-cluster-pressed, half saignee juice; 60% neutral French oak, 40% stainless steel. It clocks in at 13.9% listed alc and pours into the glass delicate pale pink. The nose combines lovely pure Grenache fruit (strawberries, red raspberries) with crushed rock notes and exotic spice courtesy of Mourvedre (an argument could be made that Mourvedre is the very best grape for Washington rosé). The palate beautifully balances richness and bright acidity, conveying plenty of flesh and density, plenty of complexity. A mid-weight rosé, with suppleness to spare, this finishes long and satisfying. It’s pretty much a perfect roasted chicken wine.

2013 Avennia Valery
This is the sophomore vintage for Avennia’s most limited red wine. Production here is 172 cases, and to put that into perspective: their next smallest-production red is Justine, at 325 cases. The story behind Valery is that Chris Peterson was looking to make an earthy, rocky, Saint Emilion ringer, and when Dick Boushey offered a block of 1986-planted Merlot on a soil base that is essentially a large Yakima Valley rock-pile, he pounced. That fruit comprises 86% of this blend, the remainder Champoux Cab Franc. It gets 20 months in French oak, 40% new.

This beautifully emphasizes the rocky, earthy side of Merlot. The nose has all sorts of stony goodness, a real mineral-floral core complemented by deep black cherry and black coffee tones. In the mouth, this has everything that gets folks excited about Washington Merlot. The supple attack and mid-palate. The seamlessness. And most importantly, the structure. That’s what Washington shares with right-bank Bordeaux when it comes to Merlot: the ability to express delicious tannin, here via a robust sense of finishing chew, awash in tea leaves and espresso. There’s so much wonderful structure here – in the form of both acid and tannin – that’s it hard to know how long this wine can go. Another ten years minimum, I’d think, but it offers plenty of youthful charm in the meantime, not to mention a chance to experience Dick Boushey’s terroir through the prism of Merlot.

Please limit order requests to 12 bottles total (mix and match as you like), and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests. The wines should arrive in a week or two, at which point they will be ready for pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.

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