Avant: Tasty Alternatives While ‘Big’ Wines Age

Not every wine requires pontification on the part of those who consume it. In fact, we’re of the opinion that far too many people take wine far too seriously. While there’s certainly a place for big, rich, expressive wines, there also is a place for smooth, easy-drinking wines — such as those that comprise the Avant line from Kendall-Jackson.

Here are capsule reviews of three Avant wines we recently had an opportunity to sample, each carrying a California appellation on the label because of multiple-region grape sourcing…

  • 2014 Sauvignon Blanc — Notes of lime and lemongrass define this refreshing wine, which would pair nicely with sushi or seared scallops. MSRP (December 2015): $13. Wine Lines rating: 85.
  • 2014 Chardonnay — This is far from a big oaky monster. Rather, it’s a fruitful wine that offers notes of pineapple, citrus and green apple. The next time you bring home Original Recipe KFC, open up this wine. MSRP (December 2015): $17. Wine Lines rating: 86.
  • 2013 Red Blend — Merlot comprises half of the cuvee, joined by a healthy dose of Syrah. Other varieties utilized include Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petite Sirah and Carignan. Ripe plum and raspberry are the primary flavors, joined by a hint of mocha. Perfect with pizza or burgers. MSRP (December 2015): $17. Wine Lines rating: 86.

While you’re waiting for other, more tannic (and more expensive) wines to develop in your cellar or on your wine rack, Avant wines offer plenty of pure drinking pleasure.

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