SMELLS LIKE: cocoa, vanilla, black pepper, dried oregano, pomegranate
TASTES LIKE: bittersweet chocolate, raspberry compote, red plum, caramelized fig
MOUTHFEEL: lushly structured tannins with a smooth, chocolatey finish
DRINK WITH: beef empanadas, stuffed peppers, mushroom quiche, Stilton cheese
THE 2019 VINTAGE
The growing season began with cold temperatures and snowfall in February and March. Bud break was right on time and bloom occurred a bit earlier than normal, on June 1st, thanks to some really nice weather in May.
Summertime temperatures were normal with plenty of heat units. In the second week of August, the weather became milder than normal and allowed us to have a fantastic fall with beautiful hanging time. Harvest started in mid-September and continued into early October. We got some frost the mid-October, but all of our grapes were picked by then.
The 2019 vintage for Amavi Cellars is very expressive of Washington wine as a whole, characterized by good natural acidity, low sugars, and impressive balance.
100% estate, sustainably farmed
Founding member of VINEA
VARIETALS: 53% Cabernet Franc, 47% Malbec
OAK PROGRAM: 100% French; 65% neutral, 35% new
HARVEST DATES: 9/27- 10/21/19
FINISHED ALCOHOL: 14.5%
PRODUCTION: 398 cases