2016 Sémillon


SMELLS LIKE:  honeysuckle, orange blossom, lemongrass, wet stone
TASTES LIKE:   Fuji apple, pink grapefruit, honeydew melon, flint
MOUTHFEEL:   refreshing acidity, rich & balanced structure 

DRINK WITH:   rich fish & shellfish, grilled asparagus, spicy dishes


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. For Amavi 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.  All in all, 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. We managed both the yields and water throughout our vineyards. By mid-summer cooler temperatures arrived and continued through harvest.  As things cooled significantly in late August and into September and October, it allowed for long hang times and optimal picking dates. The especially long season allowed the grapes to ripen slowly which helped preserve freshness and elegance in the finished wines.


100% estate; sustainably farmed.
Founding member of VINEA.


VARIETALS:  85% Sémillon, 15% Sauvignon Blanc
VINEYARDS:  43% Les Collines, 35% Goff, 22% Seven Hills
APPELLATION: 100% Walla Walla Valley
OAK PROGRAM:  100% French; 100% Neutral
HARVEST DATES:  8/31-9/26/2016
PRODUCTION:  956 cases