Including more Cabernet Sauvignon than Cabernet Franc (it swings back and forth), the 2021 Avoyelles Oakville reveals a dense purple hue as well as sensational aromatics of red, blue, and blue fruits, spring flowers, spicy oak, graphite, dark chocolate, and a beautiful earth, forest floor-like character. Full-bodied, concentrated, and ultra-pure, it's borderline perfection and a heavenly bottle of wine that needs 3-5 years of bottle age and will blow you away over the following two decades. The blend is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot, aged 22 months all in new French oak.
The 2021 Avoyelles is a bruiser its mid-weight structure notwithstanding. Strong savory and floral notes open first. There's plenty of weight and intensity but it appears gradually. All the elements are so well balanced in this young potent Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc blend. - By Antonio Galloni on December 2023 The 2021 Avoyelles is another fabulous wine in this range from Tony Biagi. There's a bit more Cabernet Sauvignon in this year's wine a choice that works quite well. Black cherry mocha licorice chocolate and leather are all amplified in this potent brooding Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc blend. - By Antonio Galloni on October 2022 Tony Biagi continues to grow his range with two new Chardonnays. I am especially excited by the Chardonnay from Charlie Smith a stunning vineyard on Sonoma's Moon Mountain. The 2021 Napa Valley Cabernets capture all the energy of this important vintage. There are no 2020s.
I tasted a barrel sample of the 2021 Patria Avoyelles Red with 55% Cabernet Sauvignon 44% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. It has a deep garnet-purple color and offers up vibrant notes of crushed black cherries warm cassis and Indian spices with hints of charcoal beef dripping and crushed rocks. The medium to full-bodied palate is laden with taut muscular black fruits and firm grainy tannins with seamless freshness finishing long with a spicy lift. Reviewed by: Lisa Perrotti-Brown Review date: 2023-04-13