Massive Scores for Washington: Avennia

Avennia has established itself as one of Washington's rising star wineries in a mere handful of years, to the point where they're just stars. The scores for their new Chateauneuf-style blend and Syrah will only make their star burn more brightly. Double 96s from Sean Sullivan at Wine Enthusiast, who actually lives in Washington and truly knows Washington wine (he founded Washington Wine Report). He's a conservative scorer96s are massive for him! And we've tasted them and will vouch for both: rarely does power and balance coexist so well in Washington red wine.

Because Washington wine fans understand the significance of these reviews, the wines are flying out of the winery. Calling all Syrah and Grenache-blend fansdon't delay!

$39.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($43.95 regular)

96 points Wine Enthusiast, Cellar Selection: 61% Grenache takes the lead in this wine, followed by 23% Mourvèdre and 16% Syrah. There's plentiful huckleberry aromas along with notes of black raspberry, dried herb, black pepper, flower, smoked meat and bittersweet chocolate, showing nuance and detail. The palate is swoon-worthy and knee-buckling, bringing depth and balance along with seemingly endless length. It's shockingly good, with the outrageous balance what separates it. Best from 2022–2027."

$57.95 in any 12 bottle or Build a Case order ($63.95 regular)

96 points Wine Enthusiast, Cellar Selection: Coming from one of the state’s top Syrah vineyards, the aromas explode from the glass, with notes of iron, bacon, earth and whiffs of orange peel along with blue and black fruit. Dense, intense rich fruit and savory flavors follow, showing weight and volume. But it’s the exquisite balance that most impresses on this standout wine. Best after 2024.

95-97 points Jeb Dunnuck: Tasting like the essence of Syrah with its smoky, meaty, bacon fat nuances, the 2018 Syrah Arnaut Boushey Vineyard is medium to full-bodied, has a pure, balanced mouthfeel, plenty of building tannins, and a great, great finish. My money is on this being up with the top Syrahs in the vintage.