Avennia Sestina Red 2018
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2017 vintage notes
95+ points Jeb Dunnuck: "It shows the purity and elegance of the vintage beautifully and offers classic Cabernet notes of crème de cassis, lead pencil, crushed rocks, and tobacco leaf. With beautiful balance and that more elegant, finesse-driven style of the estate, it packs plenty of fruit and is a seamless wine that will benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age and keep for 15-20 years.
94 James Suckling: "Impressive blue flowers on the nose with a wealth of fresh, ripe berries and an alluringly subtle thread of spices. The palate has a neatly contained, central drive of fresh flavor, swathed in silky, long and fine tannins. Impressive. Drink or hold."
94 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Composed of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, the 2016 Sestina has a focused nose with a robust, still-tight fruit core, subtle oak tones and soft floral aromas. Full-bodied in the mouth, the wine shows a classic expression of Cabernet with focused minerality, blackberry, plum and sage as it evolves on the palate. The wine lingers long with elegance and finesse on the finish, showing great precision that will last a decade and more. Just 410 cases were produced."