Last summer, Christy Canterbury (MW) along with Tim Atkin(MW, publisher of timatkin.com, the International Wine Website of the year for 2013), visited Washington State for a comprehensive tour and tasting. They traveled and tasted on both sides of the Cascades, interviewing the grape growers and the winemakers that have put Washington on the map. Christy was charged with writing up the Washington State Special Report, which was just released at www.timatkin.com and is now available for download.
We highly recommend downloading this report. The tasting notes alone are worth the price of admission and the overview provides a great snapshot of the Washington State wine industry at this time. Avennia showed quite nicely. Christy ranked 82 wineries in five categories. Cayuse, DeLille and Leonetti were each awarded Five Star Status. Avennia was awarded Four Stars, which places us in very fine company right beside Andrew Will, Betz, Cadence, Gramercy, Force Majeure, No Girls, Woodward Canyon - among others. We are proud to be included with this group.
Christy tasted 324 wines for the report. Individually, our wines were rated among the best.
2011 Justine Southern Rhone Blend – 94 – “The nose is aromatically dense (thanks in part to 15% whole cluster use) with barbecue spice, red plum, red currant, blueberry and rose.”
2010 Sestina BDX Blend – 94 – “layers of youthful juiciness display something new with every sip starting with cassis, evergreen and underbrush”
2010 Gravura BDX Blend – 93 – “this exuberantly fresh and crunchy wine shows a light touch of cocoa and an abundance of forest berries”
2012 Oliane Sauvignon Blanc - 91 – ” smells of lightly toasted coconut, roasted hazelnuts and vanilla bean rather than bold Sauvignon Blanc fruits like gooseberry and grapefruit”
Thanks to Christy and Tim for taking the time to put this together.