Avennia 2014 Boushey Vineyard Arnaut Syrah, Yakima Valley, $50

Woodinville winemaker Chris Peterson and grower Dick Boushey continue their remarkable connection with Syrah, and this marks the second consecutive vintage in which Avennia has earned our top rating for this annual tribute to Arnaut Daniel, a medieval French lyrical poet. The subtle use of new French oak (15%) over 16 months offers aromas of blueberry jam on toast with Western serviceberry and dusty minerality. It’s downright yummy with creamy and smooth flavors of Marionberry and elderberry amid a structure that’s bold and balanced within a long finish. It’s been released as the new Avennia tasting room just off Highway 522.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 434 cases

Alcohol: 14.8%

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