Avennia Gravura 2016  Front Label
Avennia Gravura 2016  Front LabelAvennia Gravura 2016  Front Bottle Shot

Avennia Gravura 2016

  • JD94
  • JS93
  • V92
  • WE92
  • WS91
  • RP90
750ML / 14.8% ABV
Other Vintages
  • RP93
  • JD92
  • WE93
  • RP92
  • WE92
  • RP92
  • WS91
All Vintages
Currently Unavailable $43.99
Try the
43 99
43 99
Save $0.00 (0%)
Ships Mon, Feb 3
Limit 0 bottles per customer
Sold in increments of 0
Limit Reached
0.0 0 Ratings
My Wine Share
Vintage Alert
Alert me when new vintages are available
Have you tried this? Rate it now
(256 characters remaining)

0.0 0 Ratings
750ML / 14.8% ABV

Winemaker Notes

#80 Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Wines of 2019

The 2016 boasts classic Gravura aromas of rich black cherry and plums, graphite, cedar, thyme, and dark milk chocolate. Palate is deep and structured with red and black fruits, crème de cassis, mountain flowers, and damp clay. Lifting acidity and fine-grained, pliant tannins make this wine ideal for food.

Blend: 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc

Critical Acclaim

All Vintages
JD 94
Jeb Dunnuck
The 2016 Gravura checks in as 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot, and the balance Cabernet Franc, aged 20 months in 60% new French oak. It's another rock star of a wine from Chris that sports a saturated purple color, complex notes of blackberries, black cherries, damp earth, and spring flowers, hints of subtle oak, medium body, and perfect balance. Drink this seamless blend over the coming 10-15 years.
JS 93
James Suckling

Attractive rich dark berries with some blueberries of offer, as well as dark, bracken-like, savory influences. The palate has a smooth and succulent edge that really holds a lot of flavor in effortless style. Approachable yet age-worthy red. Drink or hold.

V 92
(about 60% new oak; bottled in June): Bright dark red. Aromas of dark berries, licorice and hot rocks. Plush, smooth and concentrated, with something distinctly old-fashioned about its flavors of black fruits and spices complicated by leather, minerals and warm stones. A good portion of these vines date back to the early 1970s, says winemaker Peterson. Conveys a captivating sweetness owing to its glyceral character and slower wild-yeast fermentation but this is classically dry at less than one gram per liter of residual sugar. (14.6% alcohol)
WE 92
Wine Enthusiast
A blend of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon and 41% Merlot make up the majority of this wine, with the balance Cabernet Franc. With fruit coming from a who's who of vineyards, the aromas draw you into the glass, with notes of dried herb, flower, thyme, cherry and graphite, showing a sense of delineation and detail that heightens the appeal. Exquisitely balanced fruit flavors follow. Bittersweet chocolate notes linger on the long finish. It brings a sense of gracefulness but has enough structure to reward some time in the cellar. Editors' Choice
WS 91
Wine Spectator
Vibrant and well-knit, with expressive cherry, toasted spice and smoked herb flavors that take on structure toward the broad-shouldered tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2025.
RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

A blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot and 11% Cabernet Franc, the 2016 Gravura opens to a mineral-laced core of dark fruits on the nose, followed by blackberry, dusty plum and cassis, with hints of sage and black tea wafting from the glass. Medium to full-bodied, the wine gives flavors of graphite and soft, sweet herbs on the palate. The finish is elegant, long and lingering, revealing a wine that will last for years to come. Only 350 cases were produced.

View More


View all products
Avennia, Washington
Avennia  Winery Image
Avennia's 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. They work within this context to allow Washington vineyards and terroirs to distinguish themselves. Terroir is only readily appreciable in a well-formed, harmonious wine. Structure is the backbone from which beauty can radiate.

Avennia is inspired by the Roman name for the city of Avignon, and signifies for us the heart of Old World winemaking. The wines are designed to tease rather than flaunt; pique interest, not beg for attention. They stand for elegance, delicacy, purity. The wines are made to enhance conversation, not dominate it, and will be a welcome guest at the table.

Image for Columbia Valley Wine Washington content section
View all products

A large and geographically diverse AVA capable of producing a wide variety of wine styles, the Columbia Valley AVA is home to 99% of Washington state’s total vineyard area. A small section of the AVA even extends into northern Oregon!

Because of its size, it is necessarily divided into several distinctive sub-AVAs, including Walla Walla Valley and Yakima Valley—which are both further split into smaller, noteworthy appellations. A region this size will of course have varied microclimates, but on the whole it experiences extreme winters and long, hot, dry summers. Frost is a common risk during winter and spring. The towering Cascade mountain range creates a rain shadow, keeping the valley relatively rain-free throughout the entire year, necessitating irrigation from the Columbia River. The lack of humidity combined with sandy soils allows for vines to be grown on their own rootstock, as phylloxera is not a serious concern.

Red wines make up the majority of production in the Columbia Valley. Cabernet Sauvignon is the dominant variety here, where it produces wines with a pleasant balance of dark fruit and herbs. Wines made from Merlot are typically supple, with sweet red fruit and sometimes a hint of chocolate or mint. Syrah tends to be savory and Old-World-leaning, with a wide range of possible fruit flavors and plenty of spice. The most planted white varieties are Chardonnay and Riesling. These range in style from citrus and green apple dominant in cooler sites, to riper, fleshier wines with stone fruit flavors coming from the warmer vineyards.

Image for Bordeaux Blends content section
View all products

One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World, especially in California, Washington and Australia. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, these are sometimes referred to in the US as “Meritage” blends. In Bordeaux itself, Cabernet Sauvignon dominates in wines from the Left Bank of the Gironde River, while the Right Bank focuses on Merlot. Often, blends from outside the region are classified as being inspired by one or the other.

Tasting Notes for Bordeaux Blends

Bordeaux Blends are dry, red wines and generally have aromas and flavors of black currant, black cherry plum, graphite, cedar and violet. Cabernet-based, Left-Bank-styled wines are typically more tannic and structured, while Merlot-based wines, modeled after the Right Bank, are softer and suppler. Cabernet Franc can add herbal notes, while Malbec and Petit Verdot contribute color and structure.

Perfect Food Pairings for Bordeaux Blends

Since Bordeaux red blends are often quite structured and tannic, they pair best with hearty, flavorful and fatty meat dishes. Any type of steak makes for a classic pairing. Equally welcome with these wines would be beef brisket, pot roast, braised lamb or smoked duck.

Sommelier Secrets for Bordeaux Blends

While the region of Bordeaux is limited to a select few approved grape varieties in specified percentages, the New World is free to experiment. Bordeaux blends in California may include equal amounts of Cabernet Franc and Malbec, for example. Occassionally a winemaker might add a small percentage of a non-Bordeaux variety, such as Syrah or Petite Sirah for a desired result.

ALWAVGRACV16_2016 Item# 522750

Update your browser to enjoy all that Wine.com has to offer.

It's easy to update and using the latest version
of Internet Explorer means all your web browsing will be better.

Yes, Update Now
Cheers to You!

New customers: $20 off $100+. Code NEW2020

New customers: $20 off $100+. Code NEW2020

There was an error redeeming your code.

*New customers only. One-time use per customer. Order must be placed by 1/31/2020. The $20 discount is given for a single order with a minimum of $100 excluding shipping and tax. Items with pricing ending in .97 are excluded and will not count toward the minimum required. Discount does not apply to corporate orders, gift certificates, StewardShip membership fees, select Champagne brands, Riedel glassware, fine and rare wine, 187ML splits, and all bottles 3.0 liters or larger. No other promotion codes, coupon codes or corporate discounts may be applied to order.

Search for ""

Processing Your Order...