2016 Avennia Les Trouves Red Wine

Red Rhone Blend

  • USA
  • Washington
Drink between 2019 - 2023 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 6

  • grapist Likes this wine: 89 points

    January 4, 2020 - Needs an hour in decanter. Even then, the wine is pleasant and balanced but lacks depth and complexity.

  • tjross Likes this wine: 89 points

    December 5, 2019 - A tad disappointing given how much I liked the previous vintage. Solid for the price. Still quite tight. Could have used a decant.

  • fitchbuck Likes this wine: 90 points

    July 24, 2019 - Somewhat tight affair. No evolution after decant / over two nights. But solid effort, made the mistake of not pairing with food.

  • ibglowin Likes this wine: 90 points

    May 11, 2019 - Very tight still. Needs a good hour or two decant at the moment. Much better on night two. Looking forward to trying another bottle in 6-9 months.

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  • chrisaplin wrote: 88 points

    February 18, 2019 - Avennia has created some beautiful wines and the Les Trouves offshoot is no different. At the $20 price point this is an excellent red blend (GSM). The Mourvedre is dominant even though it only carries about 15% of the blend with the barnyard note. The Syrah has a delicious black pepper bite that resides in the back of the tongue long after consuming.

    This is a wine that needs a pepper steak to come to life as I was only mildly engaged after decanting for about 45 minutes. But once it was paired it blossomed. Finishing with a high cacao dark chocolate brought the deeper blueberry to the forefront.

    This is an excellent table wine for a high-fat meal.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    Focus on Washington: The New Normal (Nov 2018), 11/1/2018 (link)

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  • By Paul Zitarelli
    Full Pull The Found, 1/23/2019

    (Les Trouves Red) Hello friends. In 2015, our pals Chris Peterson and Marty Taucher at Avennia launched a new label called Les Trouvés (French for the found). Now, in its fourth vintage, it has become one of the best values in an increasingly popular category for Washington wine—value GSM blends. Les Trouvés works a little differently than its older sibling. While Avennia is made by Chris, Les Trouvés is more “curated” by him. Some of the juice comes from Avenia, and the rest is meticulously sourced from Chris’ extensive network of winemaking and grape growing colleagues in Washington. The result is a label made for everyday drinking that well outpunches its price—an attractive gateway drug into the greater Chris Peterson house style.Consistently, this wine drinks like a baby Justine (Avennia’s $40 GSM), and in 2016, the varietal percentages are almost identical. Grenache leads the way with just over half, followed by a third Mourvedre and the rest Syrah. We don’t know exactly where this wine is sourced from—that’s part of the deal—but those numbers bode well that there’s a good deal of declassified Avennia juice in there. This vintage, with a listed alcohol of 15%, opens with an enticing nose full of blueberries, bramble, purple flowers, peppered game, and wild-grown Mediterranean herbs. The palate is supple with marionberry and blood orange, intensified by a decidedly peppery, animalistic Mourvedre influence. It’s intricately spiced, openly delicious, and classy as hell. This project is made for youthful consumption, and this wine brings real, immediate pleasure on pop-and-pour. However, for a wine that’s made to be approachable and charming, Les Trouvés consistently over-delivers with complexity. Wine Enthusiast: Copyrighted material withheld.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2016
  • Type Red
  • Producer Avennia
  • Varietal Red Rhone Blend
  • Designation Les Trouves Red Wine
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region Washington
  • SubRegion n/a
  • Appellation Washington

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 3 (3%)
  • In Cellars 26 (26%)
  • Consumed 72 (71%)

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