AVA IN 7 WORDS
Apricots, Wildflowers, Honeysuckle, Herbal Tea, Marzipan, Elegant, Balanced
2022 Ava shows that rare fine balance of weight, viscosity and freshness. coming in a whole degree lower alcohol is a very welcome aspect of this new vintage release. 2022 Ava is packed with the very essence of white Rhone grapes. A regal wine with round and full structure, but with poise. A wine that will both wow in its youth and the long term (especially after 5-8 years of bottle age). Today, Ava 2022 is at its best with a long decant or better yet tucked away for at least a couple of years of slumber time in the cellar. There is an erect spine holding this textural wine in balance. Canned peaches and nectarines are mingling with white aromatic flowers, herbal tea, and light brioche notes. On day two, slight acacia honey drizzled notes on a toasted brioche bun come to the foreground. Anticipate beautiful toasted cereal notes to come forward about half a dozen years post-vintage.
Meat-Based: Herb-Crusted Quail or Chicken with Corn Bread Stuffing served with Apricot Jus or a side dish of Roasted Potatoes in Herb de Provence would go perfectly with this wine.
Plant-Based: A mild spicy noodle dish like Pad Thai or a Mixed Vegetable Stir Fry would pair marvelously.
Cepage: 43% Roussanne, 41% Viognier, 16% Marsanne
Vineyard: 52.6% Le Grand Pin, 14% Le Point de Vue, 13.7% La Feuille d'Or, 11% Sev's vineyard, 8.7% Les Galets
Region: Black Sage Bench, North Oliver
Soil Type: Glacio Fluvial Fan; Gravel and sand at Crowley Vineyard, mostly Sand and Clay and rare pockets of Gravel in Le Grand Pin Block.
Age of Vines: 14-18 years old
Production: 1158 cases
Ageing: 7 months in 72% mostly old oak puncheon, 28% concrete tulips