Smell: plum, crushed rock, clove
Taste: currant, blueberry, blackberry, fig, olive
Mouthfeel: richly developed tannins, elegant finish
Pair with BBQ, roasted lamb or chicken, ratatouille
Vintage and Winemaker Notes
The weather of 2014 was close to ideal for grape growing. Spring was quite temperate, and as is typical in the Walla Walla Valley and bud break occurred in mid-April. Summer was the warmest on record! The warm days continued into fall and were coupled with cool nights, allowing for the perfect development of our trademark acidity. The wines of this vintage are beautifully structured, ripe and expressive.
Varietals: 96% Syrah, 4% Grenache
Appellation: 100% Walla Walla Valley
Estate Vineyards: 40% Les Collines, 26% Stone Valley, 20% Seven Hills, 10% Pepper Bridge, 4% Summit View
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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@johnnelson7333 hah, yea Washington Syrah is one of my favorite categories. Eric and his team are doing some impressive growing and winemaking up in Walla Walla. If this does well, we have a good shot at pepper bridge!
…yes, I still report to Winedavid, every once in a while, and on Friday, I stopped by the WCC HQ to secure a bottle of 2014 Amavi Syrah for weekend rattage.
As it should be, this Syrah is DARK… Inky & purple
The nose is an abundance of blueberry pie, with herbal notes. Perhaps a whiff of olive tapenade. Delightful.
Lots of dark fruit here. Blue and black berries, plums and a little bit of those herbs… (dare I say Herbes de Provence?) and pepper.
I’ve not been to Walla Walla (bucket list, competing with my daughter’s American Girl Doll wish list), but I’m told it’s cool-climate, so I would expect good acid and lots of savory notes. This wine definitely has the savor, and decent acid, but the biggest takeaway is intense, concentrated fruit. The tannins are still pretty chewy; they settled down a bit once I hit glass #3. Methinks this would be stellar with summer grilling.
IMHO, kind of a no-brainer at $15 a bottle.
…and on that note, I return to civilian life in Sonoma. Good day.
@jeffreywsnyder Here’s a few that may come in handy around here, off the top of my head;
PnP: Pop ‘n’ Pour
QPR: Quality to Price Ratio
SWMBO: She Who Must Be Obeyed
SIWBM: Self-Imposed Wine Buying Moratorium
AFWE: Anti-Flavor Wine Elite
AVA: American Viticultural Area
GSM: Grenache/Syrah/Mourvedre blend
TCA: Trichloroanisole (Cork Taint)
Hello all. This is Eric from Amavi Cellars in beautiful Walla Walla, Washington. Excited to be on Casemates. I’ll be in and out – ask me anything and I’ll answer what I can. Have a great couple of days.
@ericmcki We’re traveling to WW next week for the Merlot festival and will stop by if we have time. For those who haven’t been, exciting things are happening in the area and you owe it to yourself to make the trip. Be sure to visit the WW Community College tasting room and see what the next generation is up to!
Having a son attending Whitman College I can agree wholeheartedly. Wish I had the chance to visit him more often. Kind of a journey to get there from Chicago but have loved every opportunity I have gotten. Just beautiful.
This is a no brainier. After living and making wine in W2 for 4 years, Amavi/Pepperbridge are in the elite producers of the valley. Additionally, Jean-Francois Pellet and the McKibben family are just excellent people. It’s going to have more structure than most WA Syrah, but that’s a testament to JF’s ability to make very ageable wines. Plus, a lot of this comes from Les Collines Vineyard, which is absolutely stellar for Syrah.
Anyone else want in for NorCal? I’m starting with a case to split with family but could be convinced to get more if others are interested.
Just popped a 2008…I know, I know…not the same vintage.
But it’s inky dark, rich mouthfeel, lots of flavor, long finish.
What’s it taste like, well, to me, it’s kinda got that Mollydooker flavor…Over the Top, somewhat salty flavor.
SWMBO loves Mollydooker, and says “Like a Blue Eyed Boy, without the salty flavor”, so there you have it. She says $40. I kinda agree. Will the 2014 age as well? Might have to find out.
@FritzCat Cool, I appreciate the update on the older vintages. I’ll have to pull a 2008 out of the cellar. As far as vintages go, Walla Walla is remarkably consistent, except for the odd freeze year that hurts us (the last one being in 2004). I had to bring out our vintage notes on that one and it was a cooler vintage, started Sep 25, which is fairly late, especially these days. The 2014 was a very warm summer but cooled off nicely in the fall and so set the acidity nicely, as someone mentioned earlier. Walla Walla is not cool climate, by the way – it can hit 110 degrees here and regularly over 100 – but it cools off nicely at night.
Intrigued by this. Only Walla Walla wine I’ve ever had was the Fjellene offer from the previous incarnation, and it was a mix pack, couple Syrahs and a couple blends I think. All were very good. Hard to find anything about the winery online (sorry, off topic).
I have a good amount of Syrah in the cellar, but I’m tempted by this.
@cbrehman The Fjellene was a closeout sale. The winery shut its doors back in 2012 or 2013. The nice part about those wines is they sourced from Pepperbridge vineyard (sister winery to Amavi) and Les Collines. They made some good wines and aren’t at this caliber. I purchased those same wines when I was in W2. Drank them way too fast!
@cbrehman@jshaver Yeah, those were really good. The red blend was awesome. Bought 2 different lots and should have just maxxed out. They basically closed up right as I was moving to the area. People in town were jealous of the deal I scored on the previous incarnation.
I always say to buy a case and try one per year, hahaha. We typically say 8-10 years is safe. The '08 mentioned above is ten years, and we had an '03 the other day (15 years) that was amazing. The 2014 is tasting very good right now. I would taste one in a little bit and give the others some time based on that. We have more if it comes to that…
@ericmcki@ericmcki glad I got a whole case then! Even though I had a pretty good feeling that 3 just wouldn’t be enough. Got the chance to try some of your Syrah before and absolutely loved it. Not so easy to find in PA though, so I’m super excited for this to arrive!
Worried about shipment on this one. Order went out Tuesday from WA with scheduled arrival for today (Thur) in San Diego. It will not arrive until tomorrow. Saw it go through NorCal yesterday afternoon with it sitting up in LA as I post this. Temps throughout CA I5 corridor have been nearing triple digits all week, I just hope what should be a wonderful treat doesn’t get ruined in the FedX truck. My understanding is it was sent with “standard” summer shipping.
@rjquillin@Winedavid49 it was in the 90’s most of the weekend and Monday here. Opened a bottle and definitely some sour/jammy notes. I’m assuming this isn’t the common flavor of the wine, especially when compared to the tasting notes.
Probably shouldn’t have, but opened a bottle as soon as it came two days ago. I was underwhelmed, as was my wife. It’s a sound wine, no big defects, but needs something. (Obvious wood would be nice, and maybe a bit more fruit.) It isn’t as intense as I was hoping it would be. I have hopes that the other eleven bottles will improve as they settle in and age for a while. It certainly has the potential to be a good dinner wine. We ended up doing a table blend with some Spaniard, which came the same day. The blend was an improvement over both.
Got our case last week. One of the classiest shipments ever- nice box, plus some Amavi literature and business cards. Already been through two bottles, and it’s terrific, and gets better and better with air. Exactly what we expected, and we drink a ton of Washington syrah, with preference for the funky Rocks district. Really enjoying it, at the price it’s QPR is fantastic, and I already regret splitting the case, wish I’d sprung for the whole thing!