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Avennia

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Check out our new Tasting Room in the Woodinville Warehouse District, scheduled to open late 2016. Check www.avennia.com for public hours. By special appointment also - info@avennia.com

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.


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  • Sestina

    • Overview

    • Tasting Notes

    • 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. 2013 Sestina: Compelling notes of blueberry,currant, mineral, underbrush, and wood smoke lead to an elegant yet weighty mid-palate that reverberates with black fruits, currant, summer herbs, crushed rock, and a hint of jasmine. The lingering, complex finish hints at a long, fulfilling life in the cellar. This wine will reward at least 3 years of aging, and improve for a decade or more.

      • Blend - Bordeaux Style Red
      • $50 - $75
      • Columbia Valley
  • Justine

    • Overview

    • Tasting Notes

    • The 2013 vintage marks a new era for Justine. It is the first year we began to source Upland Vineyard Grenache to the blend. This beautiful south-facing site in the middle of the Yakima Valley produces some of the best Grenache in the state, almost Old World in style, which we have blended with our other Grenache block in the Horse Heaven Hills, and Mourvedre and Syrah from Red Mountain, to create our version of the Southern Rhone blend. The vibrancy and focused fruit characters that are emblematic of the vintage are particularly well suited to this lively and complex wine. 2013 Justine Winemaker Tasting Note: Leading with aromas of black raspberry,kirsch, lavender, jasmine, and wet limestone, the palate is concentrated and focused, with a complex array of dark red fruits, blackberry from the Mourvedre, licorice root, garrigue, and finishing with savory umami notes and a stony minerality that evokes the Old World wines that inspired this classic blend.

      • Blend - Rhone Style Red
      • $30 - $50
      • Columbia Valley
  • Oliane

    • Overview

    • Tasting Notes

    • We believe Washington State can make Sauvignon Blanc that competes with the world’s finest. Oliane, an old name from the Peterson family, is barrel fermented in French Oak (10% new) and concrete tank (15%) using native yeast and aged sur lie for 7 months. The 2014 Oliane Sauvignon Blanc is our finest yet. Already garnering a 92 in Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate by Jeb Dunnuck, the 2014 was a runner-up in Seattle Magazine’s 2015 Wine Awards for Sauvignon Blanc over $15. 2014 Winemaker's Tasting Notes: A beautiful expression of WA Sauvignon Blanc with aromas of grapefruit, lemon oil, fresh straw, savory herbs, and wet stone jump from the glass. Balancing the richness and complexity of lees aging with the vibrancy and acidity that define this varietal creates a complete and compelling wine. Bright flavors of summer peach, grapefruit, lemon verbena, and a snap of limestone with a mineral-laden finish that is rich, lingering, and fresh. Pairs well with many different foods,fro

      • Sauvignon Blanc
      • $20 - $30
      • Yakima Valley
  • Valery

    • Overview

    • Tasting Notes

    • Valery is named for the patron saint of wine in the St. Emilion region that inspired it. We started with old vine Merlot from a stony block in the heart of the Yakima Valley and added complex, aromatic Cabernet Franc from the Horse Heaven Hills. The result is a balanced,complex wine with the elegance and ethereal perfume that this blend of two of Washington’s best varietals are known for. 2013 Valery—The nose on this wine is very perfumed, almost exotic with notes of fresh violets, red plum, winter mint, fresh herbs and crushed limestone qualities. The palate is poised and balanced, with red fruits and mocha powder encapsulated in limestone. The finish lingers delicately, with the Cabernet Franc asserting a light tobacco and herb note, giving depth. A compelling wine that will continue to unwind for 7-10 years in the cellar.

      • Blend - Bordeaux Style Red
      • $50 - $75
      • Columbia Valley
  • Gravura

    • Overview

    • Tasting Notes

    • Gravura is our Bordeaux blend that emphasizes a harmony of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The name is a play on an artisan printing technique, and on the Bordeaux region of Graves, which features similar blends to this one. With more Merlot in the blend and the addition of Red Mountain fruit, this wine is designed to be more generous and voluptuous in style, while still remaining complex and balanced. 2013 Gravura Tasting Note-Fresh black cherries,black currants, mocha, thyme essence, and leather on the nose. This wine is seamless on the palate, balancing black fruits, graphite, and cigar box with a livening acidity. A delicious blend that is eminently drinkable now, but will cellar for 5-8 or more years.

      • Blend - Bordeaux Style Red
      • $30 - $50
      • Columbia Valley
  • Arnaut

    • Overview

    • Tasting Notes

    • For our taste, no one grows finer Syrah in Washington than Dick Boushey. We make this wine with minimal manipulation using native yeasts, and bottling it unfined and unfiltered to allow the “place” to shine through. We named this wine after the Provencal Troubadour Arnaut Daniel, who invented the Sestina poem form, thus connecting our two flagship efforts. The Arnaut Syrah Boushey Vineyard has been a resounding success from the start. It was honored as the Red Wine of the Year in Seattle Magazine in our first vintage, 2010 and the 2012 vintage recently received 96 points from The Wine Advocate’s Jeb Dunnuck. The 2013 Arnaut promises to be a long-aging and rewarding vintage for this wine. 2013 Arnaut—The nose of this compelling wine leads with black cherry, black raspberry, smoked meats, bacon fat, and notes of violets and crushed rock. The palate is full bodied but taut and focused,a rich panoply of mixed black fruits, savory meat flavors, thyme, lavender, and a taut, mi

      • Syrah
      • $50 - $75
      • Yakima Valley
      • Boushey Vineyards
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Avennia

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Driven by shared passion for wine & business excellence, a unique partnership Opens Avennia Winery in Woodinville

Chris Peterson, former DeLille winemaker, & Microsoft vet Marty Taucher join forces

WOODINVILLE, Wash. (Nov. 17, 2011) – On the face of it, Marty Taucher and Chris Peterson don’t appear to have a lot in common except perhaps for a mutual admiration of Miles Davis and Radiohead. But dig a little deeper and you’ll find that they both have a shared passion for beautiful wine and a knack for building world-class brands.
Taucher, a well-known technology marketing expert, spent 15 years at Microsoft where he helped launch some of the company’s most iconic brands. Peterson has been instrumental in making some of Washington’s most iconic wines during an eight-year stint on the winemaking team at DeLille Cellars.
Flash forward to today. Peterson and Taucher have blended their business experiences with that shared passion for wine to form the unique partnership behind Avennia, a boutique winery located in the heart of Woodinville’s winery warehouse district.
According to Peterson, Avennia is inspired by the Roman name for the city of Avignon and signifies the heart of Old World winemaking,.
“Our goal is to make wines that evoke clarity: clarity of place, clarity of type and clarity of purpose,” he said. “Avennia are wines with a voice that express Washington terroir through Old World techniques and created in the most exacting fashion possible.”
Avennia also embodies a partnership that blends world-class experience in winemaking and brand creation.
While at Microsoft, Taucher served as director of public relations during a time when the company launched the original version of Microsoft Office and version 3.0 of the Windows operating system. He left the company in the late 1990s to pursue other interests, among them a growing interest in wine. That led him to the enology program at South Seattle Community College and eventually to an internship at DeLille, where he met Peterson.
Peterson joined DeLille after graduating from the prestigious enology & viticulture program at Walla Walla Community College, where he studied under legendary wine educator Stan Clarke. During his time at DeLille, Peterson helped the winery grow from 5,000 to 12,000 cases annually and helped create seven new brands. He also was a key part of the winemaking team that made two of Wine Spectators’ top 100 wines in the world, the ’04 D2 and the ’05 Doyenne Aix.
“As Chris and I talked about the possibility of working together, we found that we have shared visions for what Washington wine could be as well as building a successful business in a very tough industry,” said Taucher, Avennia’s managing partner. “Simply put, Avennia will be artistic and elegant, both in its brand and its wines, but more importantly, it will be based on smart business underpinnings.”
Avennia’s inaugural vintage, scheduled for release in September 2012, will feature two 2010 vintage Rhone-style blends and a 2011 Sauvignon Blanc. In early 2013, Avennia will release two additional wines – a pair of 2010 vintage Bordeaux-style blends. Avennia’s first year production will be approximately 1,000 cases.
Peterson said Avennia is sourcing its fruit through contracts with some of the best vineyards in the Yakima Valley and Red Mountain AVAs – Red Willow, Sagemoor, Boushey and Klipsun. “We are fortunate that these growers of this caliber have been willing to work with our start-up venture,” Peterson said.
“Like any new business, we are faced with a variety of complex challenges that can’t be solved simply by throwing money at them,” Taucher said. “We think of it not just as spending money, but investing it correctly in our grapes, our facility and our brand.”
Consumers interested in Avennia can learn more about the inaugural and future releases by signing up at www.avennia.com. The winery will distribute wine directly to its mailing list subscribers and to select wine specialty stores and restaurants, Taucher said.