The 2016 Syrah gives up lots of darker fruits and peppery herbs as well as a medium-bodied, rounded, charming style. With savory tannins, good fruit, and a clean finish, it’s a good value geared for drinking over the coming 4-5 years. The releases from Amavi Cellars continue to represent terrific values.
- 90 Points, Jeb Dunnuck
Smells Like: bright black raspberry, blueberry, allspice
Amavi’s 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, 4% Malbec, and the rest Petit Verdot, offers a classic Cabernet nose of dark fruits, leafy herbs, chocolate, and damp earth. It’s nicely concentrated, has medium to full-bodied richness, and a rounded, plump, delicious texture.
- 90 Points, Jeb Dunnuck
Smells Like: fresh herb, tobacco leaf, dark cherry, blueberry, light mineral & floral notes
Tastes Like: raspberry, black cherry, berry cobbler, dusty malt, hint of wet river rock
Mouthfeel: velvety & approachable with smooth, lush, refined tannins
Drink With: blue cheese crostini, beef stew, grilled portobellos, chocolate chip cookies
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Within all of our vineyards we dedicate ourselves to being stewards of the land and leaders in the practices of sustainable agriculture.
2016 was the longest harvest we can remember. It was one of the earliest growing seasons on record, bud break, bloom and veraison were all the earliest we have ever seen. We started picking in August and didn’t finish until mid-October (just before the rain!). This combination of early and long created the best of both worlds. 2016 is poised to go down in the books as one of the most perfect growing seasons.
April and May were warm and dry with temperatures jumping into the triple digits by early June. This hot start led to a large crop, with larger berries and cluster weights. Cooler temperatures arrived mid-summer and continued through harvest. As things cooled significantly it allowed for long hang times and optimal picking dates. This long season allowed the grapes to ripen slowly, preserving freshness and elegance in the wines.
Included in the Box
2x 2016 Amavi Cellars Syrah, Walla Walla Valley
2x 2016 Amavi Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley
6x 2016 Amavi Cellars Syrah, Walla Walla Valley
6x 2016 Amavi Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley
Amavi Cellars signifies love (amor) and life (vita) through our wines, which are 100% estate, 100% Certified Sustainable, and 100% Walla Walla Valley.
Located in the heart of Walla Walla wine country, our winery & tasting room offer sweeping views of surrounding Pepper Bridge Vineyard as well as the beautiful Blue Mountains. Dedicated stewards of the land, we are committed to making a positive impact both within our estate vineyards and within our community.
Quality, hospitality and sustainability are our underlying values. Our estate vineyards: Les Collines, Seven Hills, Pepper Bridge, Octave, Goff, and Summit View, are farmed sustainably. We build up the soil’s health rather than deplete it and seek out earth-friendly alternatives to fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides. We are committed to not only preserving, but also improving the land for future generations. And we insist on having a good time while we’re doing it all!
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We picked up a case of the Syrah from a prior offering, and liked it very much. I think we’ve got about a half dozen left. It’s a definite buy- and but for the recent 3 case spree of other wines, we’d be all over this one. @winedavid49, hope this is one we’ll be able to see in the rotation from time to time!
As I mentioned on the NOVA forum, if anyone in Northern Virginia is mainly interested in the Cabs, I’m mainly interested in the Syrahs, so maybe we can be a team. But if not, I also need the money, so that’s good too.