Avni is built around Larry Stone’s estate vineyard in the Eola Hills, and supplemented by similar sites. Even though it’s Stone’s entry-level wine, it’s not simple; instead it reflects the shallow soils of the Eola–Amity Hills in all their mineral tension: The wine is bright and tightly packed, weaving rose-petal notes and whole-cluster spice with dark plum-skin flavors. It sustains a lovely vibrancy of flavor, grounded and direct.
Limpid ruby-red. Spice-accented red berries, candied flowers and exotic spices on the highly fragrant nose. A spine of juicy acidity supports spice-tinged raspberry, bitter cherry and rose pastille flavors, and a minerally nuance emerges with air. Turns sweeter on the impressively persistent finish, which is framed by fine-grained, slow-mounting tannins. 25% whole clusters and 22% new oak. (JR)
This wine opens with lovely scents of cranberry and raspberry. Those juicy, fresh flavors follow to a lightly spicy, medium-bodied palate with a gentle hint of cholocate. It was fermented with one-quarter whole clusters and aged in 20% new French. *Editors’ Choice* (PG)
Pale to medium ruby, the 2017 Pinot Noir Avni has a nose of warm cranberries, red currants and blackberries with accents of cinnamon, dried leaves, citrus peel and potpourri. The light to medium-bodied palate is bright and crunchy with a good interplay of ripe fruit, earth, amaro and spice character, finely framed and finishing long, fresh and bright. (EB)
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