2016 Avennia Syrah Arnaut Boushey Vineyard


  • USA
  • Washington
  • Columbia Valley
  • Yakima Valley
Drink between 2020 - 2030 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 4

  • gtm Likes this wine: 96 points

    August 18, 2019 - excellent example of everything a Great Syrah should be. Balance and structure are superb. Very enjoyable now, with an hours decant, but will continue to improve with bottle age.

  • MC2 Wines wrote:

    June 7, 2019 - Revisiting Washington (Woodinville): This starts off really well done and well structured. More old school in nature. Again though like 2/3rds of the way in there's this kindof odd flavor which I think might have been a bit of alc again. Again would love to give it a bit more time to see what happens since there's a lot to like about most of the stuffing.

  • Ellenjay Likes this wine: 94 points

    April 13, 2019 - Rated 97 Points by Jeb Dunnuck

  • garambler Likes this wine: 94 points

    December 8, 2018 - We tasted this at the 12/8/18 release party. It had a deep, rich, complex nose of blackberry, plum, tar, smoked meat, licorice and spice aromas. The palate was rich, powerful and nicely structured with flavors of blackberry, plum, licorice, herb and spice.

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  • By Jeb Dunnuck
    The 2016s From Washington State, 4/11/2019 (link)

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

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  • By Jeb Dunnuck
    Latest Releases from Washington State, 4/5/2018 (link)

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Full Pull

  • By Paul Zitarelli
    Full Pull Avennia, 5/19/2019

    (Avennia Syrah Arnaut Boushey Vineyard) Hello friends. Avennia has moved from rising star to vaguely culty to established superstar in a very short amount of time. We consider ourselves lucky to have been supporters of Chris Peterson and Marty Taucher from the start; it means our list members get access to some of his rarer bottlings. And while the rarer bottlings—like Arnaut below—are exciting, the entire lineup is consistently impressive. The house style retains the character of Washington’s terroir and yet presents this sense of ribald, euro-styled earthiness that is a bit more unusual in these climes. These are stunning, ageworthy wines, and they continually offer excellent value compared to their peer groups in quality. There’s one question we always ask ourselves upon tasting Arnaut: is there anyone in Washington making a more evocative rendition of Boushey Syrah? Seems like Jeb agrees: Jeb Dunnuck: Copyrighted material withheld. In cool vintages (2010 and 2011), in a down-the-middle vintage (2012), in a riper vintage (2013, 2014, 2015), Arnaut impresses every single time. This is especially true for 2016, which had temperatures return a little closer to normalcy after a string of hot years. Arnaut is 100% Syrah, all sourced from Dick Boushey’s vineyard, 15% whole cluster and fermented with native yeast. It was aged for 16 months in French oak (15% new). It dazzles with its mix of blue fruits, olive brine, anise, and peppery grilled meat. It offers savory umami notes for days, a wonderful representation of what we’ve all come to love most about Boushey fruit. It has noteworthy concentration (15.1% listed alc) but retains a sense of elegance and grace intrinsic to Chris Peterson’s winemaking. This is inky, complex Syrah. As I mentioned above, this as a contender for the finest version of Boushey Syrah produced in the state, and since Boushey is one of the finest vineyards in the state for Syrah, that’s saying something. The only drawback is our parcel size, which is borderline at best.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2016
  • Type Red
  • Producer Avennia
  • Varietal Syrah
  • Designation Arnaut
  • Vineyard Boushey Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region Washington
  • SubRegion Columbia Valley
  • Appellation Yakima Valley

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 1 (0%)
  • In Cellars 370 (88%)
  • Consumed 49 (12%)

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