A blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, the 2015 Valery offers up a creamy bouquet of ripe plums, wild berries, dried flowers and candied peel that's marked by its Champoux Cabernet Franc component. The Merlot makes its presence felt on the velvety and plush medium to full-bodied palate. Nicely concentrated and complete, the wine concludes with fine-grained tannins and a nicely delineated finish. (WK)
The 2015 Valery (70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc brought up in 30% new French oak) offers a deep, herbal, black-fruited, coffee bean and mineral-driven style. Medium to full-bodied, nicely concentrated, and fresh on the palate, with fine tannin, give this elegant, classic, slightly old-school effort a year or two of bottle age and enjoy over the following decade. I continue to consider Chris Peterson’s Avennia estate to be one of the best in Washington State and he’s been making world-class wines for a number of years now. 92+
Good full red. Aromas of raspberry, plum and spices, complicated by a smoky, flinty nuance. Harmonious acidity gives a penetrating quality to this very suave midweight yet its flavors of spicy red and darker berry fruits are pliant and utterly seamless. Finishes suave and long, with echoing berry flavors joined by graphite minerality and a very subtle oak component. Really fills the mouth without leaving any impression of weightiness. The 2015 has plenty of structure for aging. (ST)
This blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc from Boushey and Champoux vineyards is buoyantly aromatic, with dark raspberry, leafy herb, cocoa powder and incense notes. On the palate, it's flavorful yet light-footed and exquisitely balanced. Thoroughly captivating. *Editors' Choice* (SS)
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