2015 Avennia Sestina

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • USA
  • Washington
  • Columbia Valley
Drink between 2021 - 2030 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 8

  • grapist Likes this wine: 95 points

    August 3, 2019 - Opened, but not decanted for over an hour. Dark but bright in color. Floral nose. Rich, soft, and mouth filling. Red and dark fruit, cocoa, coffee, leather and so much more. Definitely a New World, fruit driven taste, and very, very well done. Finished both long and big.

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  • vancouvermatt wrote: 92 points

    February 1, 2019 - Elegant and balanced. Accessible now, better on 2nd day. Cassis, bitter chocolate, dark plum notes accentuated by fine grained tannins. Classicly styled wine that will appeal to BDX lovers.

    70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc.

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  • garambler Likes this wine: 94 points

    December 8, 2018 - We tasted this at the 12/8/18 release party. It had a rich, deep, ripe, elegant nose of cassis, plum, burnt toast, cocoa, vanilla, spice and mineral aromas. The palate was rich, plush and layered with flavors that followed the nose.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • Baileyxv Likes this wine: 95 points

    October 28, 2018 - Excellent!

  • Quiet Lion Likes this wine: 93 points

    August 1, 2018 - Drank as emergency extra bottle at restaurant and it probably will show better with a little more age or decanting, but these Avennia wines are very well made and a good value. No formal notes.

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  • By Paul Zitarelli
    Full Pull Avennia, 8/1/2018

    (Avennia Sestina) Hello friends. Avennia feels like a staple in Washington wine—a top dog that helped build this industry from the ground up. The winery’s focused and sophisticated vibe plays a big part in this perception, but the reality is that Avennia only debuted its first set of releases in 2012. Granted, that release was met with with loads of buzz and and subsequent vintages have only helped their star to rise. You may remember some of the praise during their initial set of releases back in 2012: From Stephen Tanzer (Tanzer’s IWC): This was the best set of new wines I tasted in Washington in July, but given their pedigree this should not come as a surprise. Then from David Schildknecht (Wine Advocate): …one ought to sign up for some [Avennia wine] immediately if they have not all already been spoken for, because this is one auspicious debut! Paul even wrote about Avennia for Seattle Magazine, and since they’ve launched, we’ve offered the vast majority of Avennia wines presented to us. Chris Peterson’s winemaking is deeply compelling. The wines of Avennia retain the character of Washington’s terroir and yet present this sense of ribald, euro-styled earthiness that is a bit more unusual in these climes. These are beautiful, ageworthy wines, year in and year out. We’re well aware that there’s always pushback when we call a wine in the $60s a great value, but compared to its peer group of Washington elites, Sestina is very very fairly priced. The vine age is ridiculous, with fruit from Dionysus 1973, Red Willow 1985, and Bacchus 1972 making up a vast majority of the blend. In 2015 that blend is 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, and 10% Cab Franc. Sestina spent 21 months in 65% new French oak, and its case production is about half that of Gravura, so this one tends to disappear quickly. It clocks in at 14.6% listed alcohol. Wine Advocate: Copyrighted material withheld.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2015
  • Type Red
  • Producer Avennia
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation Sestina
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region Washington
  • SubRegion Columbia Valley
  • Appellation Columbia Valley

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  • In Cellars 446 (85%)
  • Consumed 77 (15%)

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