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2016 Avennia "Sestina" Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Elsewhere $70) SKU #1476638

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  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    6/9/2020
    K&L Staff Member
    Avennia seek to highlight the very best vineyards in Washington through traditional techniques, varietals and blends from old world regions such as Bordeaux. The name "Sestina" is a form of medieval French poetry. The concept here is that Avennia take the traditional form prescribed to them by centuries of winemaking in Bordeaux and fill that arrangement with expressions of top vineyard sites here in WA. Avennia pay homage to the Grand Vins of the left bank, but also seek to convey a sense of place that is true to their own locale. The 2016 Sestina is fantastic and perfectly represents the idea behind its name. The nose is very reminiscent of classically styled Bordeaux with lifted floral aromas, cedar, dried tobacco, black and blue fruits, struck rock, and graphite. On the palate there is more generosity to the fruit and texture than the nose might suggest, perhaps owing to the warm growing season in 2016. This plush fruit gives great accessibility at a young drinking age, but don't be fooled by the lush, velvet textured mid-palate, there's plenty of sting in the tail here with a true varietally correct tannin structure that is refined and filigreed. A very deep and complex wine with a lovely broad drinking window to enjoy over the next 20 years depending on your preference. Our special pricing gets this wine right into the sweet spot around $20 a bottle off what you would typically expect to pay. With huge scores and the K&L staff behind it, this one probably won't last long.

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