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Avennia Sestina Red Blend 2011

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Avennia Sestina Red Blend 2011 is made from 72% Cabernet Sauvignon 19% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc

The Sestina is an ancient form of poetry from Medieval France. Just as a modern poet can fill this form with new expressions, we use the traditional  Bordeaux blend to express Washington. Sestina is our vision for an old vine, complex blend where all of the components complement each other. This wine is designed for the cellar, so the emphasis is on structure, balance, and complexity.

2011 Sestina: Jumps from the glass with penetrating aromas of deep black fruits, vanilla, saddle leather, jasmine and wet stone. This year’s Sestina is broad- complex with black and blue fruits, bitter chocolate, fresh loam, and lava rocks. A paean to old-vine Washington terroir with many years of enjoyment to give.

“More firma and structure, the 2011 Sestina is one of the few 2011s that will benefit from short-term cellaring…it offers medium to full-bodied richness, a stacked mid-palate and integrated acidity to go with plenty of currant, blackberry, charcoal and smoked-earth aromas and flavors. Give it another 2-3 years and plan on drinking bottles through 2026.” Robert Parker 93+ Points


(72% cabernet sauvignon, 19% merlot and 9% cabernet franc; from 25- and 40-year-old vines, respectively, in Bacchus and Red Willow vineyards; aged in 70% new oak):  Good deep medium ruby.  Dark berries on the nose, complicated by coffee, earth and some smoky oak.  Broad, plush and seamless, showing terrific energy and depth to the cassis and fresh herb flavors.  Deep, tactile wine with a compelling sweetness.  Really spreads out to saturate the palate on the very long, suavely tannic finish.  Chris Peterson describes the Sestina as a "long-term wine." 92+ Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2013

Winery: Avennia

The Avennia Estate
Our goal is to make wines that evoke clarity: clarity of place, clarity of type, clarity of purpose.
We believe this is best expressed by using the classic French varietals and blends, with methods passed down over generations. We work within this context to allow Washington vineyards and terroirs to distinguish themselves. Terroir is only readily appreciable in a well-formed, harmonious wine. Structure is the backbone from which beauty can radiate.

Avennia is inspired by the Roman name for the city of Avignon, and signifies for us the heart of Old World winemaking. Our wines are designed to tease rather than flaunt; pique interest, not beg for attention. They stand for elegance, delicacy, purity. Our wines are made to enhance conversation, not dominate it, and will be a welcome guest at the table

 

 

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Their top white is the 2013 Châteauneuf du Pape La Fontaine Blanc. A blend of 100% Roussanne that’s aged 10% in small barrels (the majority is in stainless steel), it’s a classy, balanced and medium to full-bodied beauty that gives up classic buttered citrus, white peach, melon and spice. Like the classic cuvée, this will gain a touch more richness and flesh with another 6-12 months in bottle, and drink nicely for 3-4 years at a minimum.

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Ottella Lugana DOC Le Creete 2018

Ottella Lugana DOC Le Creete is made from 100% Turbiano (clonal type of Trebbiano di Lugana)

PRODUCTION AREA: S. Benedetto di Lugana. The grapes are harvested exclusively from our own vineyards; harvesting is strictly manual in small 17kg-crates
TRAINING METHOD: Guyot, double arc

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FOOD: Sea or lake fish to bring out its outstanding features; goes well with white meat and soup, and has quite a surprising affinity with tasty cheese
ALCOHOL BY VOLUME: 13% vol
SERVING TEMPERATURE: 10-12 degrees Celcius