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Averaen Pinot Noir 2017, Willamette Valley
 

$18.69 btl. | $98.75 ½ case ($16.46) reg. $22.00
 

91 points, Vinous

 

Always on the lookout for first rate Willamette Valley Noir at a great price, we’re thrilled to showcase Averaen, a project born out of a love for cool climate Pinot Noir. Founded by the team at Sonoma’s Banshee Wines, their aim has always been to craft a wine that “over delivers in every possible way”, and they have succeeded nicely with Averaen. Winemaker Adam Smith (who, while in Oregon, made wine at Shea, Domaine Serene, and Nicolas-Jay wineries), made the first vintage of Averaen in 2015. Smith’s relationships in the Valley have quickly afforded Averaen privileged access to Oregon’s highest quality fruit at prices reflected in the great value of this release.

This is truly a pan-Willamette Valley wine, spanning most of the sub-AVA’s of the Valley: Chehalem Mountains, Dundee Hills, Yamhill-Carlton, McMinnville, Eola-Amity and the Willamette Valley AVA’s are all present, encompassing a who’s who of exceptional vineyard sites.

Averaen opens with aromatic plumes of red fruits and earth – spiced raspberry and macerated strawberry aromas are blackened by sappy/maple tones and elevated by fresh-cut flowers, cardamom and sanguine notes.  A lively and explosive entry of summer berries gives way to a decked-out mid-palate wrapping the red-blue berry character around a generous core of sage, allspice and licorice. Tightly knit layers of fruit, earth and oak & stem derived tannins provide a long, electrifying finish.

91 points, Vinous:

“Displays abundant berry and floral character, with vibrant spice accents adding verve. Seamless in texture and appealingly sweet, the 2017 finishes with impressive, juicy persistence and resonating florality. This is textbook Willamette Valley Pinot Noir at a great price.”
 

Averaen Pinot Noir 2017, Willamette Valley


$18.69 btl. | $98.75 ½ case ($16.46) reg. $22.00

 
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