Avennia is a red-hot, upstart winery based in Woodinville. Their Justine really impressed us with its elegance and beautiful Grenache character. Oozing with black raspberry and cracked pepper aromas with a darker, meatier profile of flavors. I’d like to pair it with grilled duck or lamb sausages and some herb-roasted new potatoes.
From the winery: “Justine reflects our belief that Washington can produce world class wines using grape varieties traditional to the Rhone Valley. Dark, seductive, complex, with a chasm of depth: Justine reflects Avennia’s mission of expressing Washington’s complex terroirs. A beguiling blend of aromas: black raspberry and mulberry at its core, with hints of jasmine, and bergamot. This uplifting nose runs counterpoint to the palate, where the Mourvedre and Syrah lend a gravitas of black fruits, grilled meat, and herbs. This complex wine finishes with a swirling vortex of dark fruits and echoes of lavender. Delicious now, yet also built and balanced for 7-10 years of age.
46% Grenache, 30% Mourvedre and 24% Syrah from Alder Ridge, Kiona, Heart of the Hill, and Angela’s Vineyards.