Averaen

Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

8.9257 ratings
9.022 pro ratings
Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA
Pinot Noir
Top Notes For
Andrew

Pale ruby, not particularly bright; not particularly scented; taste is pleasant and clean but lacks brightness; med-high acid; medium length of finish. Decent.

Pale ruby, not particularly bright; not particularly scented; taste is pleasant and clean but lacks brightness; med-high acid; medium length of finish. Decent.

Nov 10th, 2019
Ed Lehrman

Pretty solid Pinot esp for the price.

Pretty solid Pinot esp for the price.

Jun 27th, 2018
James Forsyth

Waltham is a town in the suburbs of Boston, near where Cara's mother lives. Its high street has both Dollar Shops and little boutiques. Its eateries include both inexpensive Cuban diners and hip new restaurants. Red Bird is one such place with its chic decor and unfussy new American dishes. The menu could have been guessed at well ahead of time: beet salad, Brussels, hangar steak. The chicken entree included a spiced apple bread pudding. Tasty but would have been more so served later in the meal with some Creme Anglais. Quantities were enormous.

Decent Massachusetts restaurants often have a common shortcoming: their wine list. Made worse by the illegality of corkage. The options were limited to around ten reds. A Chianti I've never heard of. A Bulgheri wine I've never heard of. A couple of Californian wines I've never heard of. And then there was a Damilano Barolo for $150. No thank you.

With some under the table research on Delectable and Vinous I chose this Oregon Pinot Noir from Averaen. Ripe red cherries but with nice freshness. Sustains well and gained complexity with air. (On an aside, I asked for the bottle to be cooled a little and it made the world of difference.) "Bottled by Banshee" on the label boded well as I'm a fan of what this Sonoma producer is doing, especially for the price.

Waltham is a town in the suburbs of Boston, near where Cara's mother lives. Its high street has both Dollar Shops and little boutiques. Its eateries include both inexpensive Cuban diners and hip new restaurants. Red Bird is one such place with its chic decor and unfussy new American dishes. The menu could have been guessed at well ahead of time: beet salad, Brussels, hangar steak. The chicken entree included a spiced apple bread pudding. Tasty but would have been more so served later in the meal with some Creme Anglais. Quantities were enormous.

Decent Massachusetts restaurants often have a common shortcoming: their wine list. Made worse by the illegality of corkage. The options were limited to around ten reds. A Chianti I've never heard of. A Bulgheri wine I've never heard of. A couple of Californian wines I've never heard of. And then there was a Damilano Barolo for $150. No thank you.

With some under the table research on Delectable and Vinous I chose this Oregon Pinot Noir from Averaen. Ripe red cherries but with nice freshness. Sustains well and gained complexity with air. (On an aside, I asked for the bottle to be cooled a little and it made the world of difference.) "Bottled by Banshee" on the label boded well as I'm a fan of what this Sonoma producer is doing, especially for the price.

Mar 4th, 2018
Justin Gilman CSW, CSS

Solid #PinotNoir #wine. Bright red and clear in color, it has some vegital components at opening. In time, lots of maraschino cherry, some leafy, Smokey under tones, but not prominent. Medium body, round, smooth. Crowd pleasing. Opened 11/24/17

Solid #PinotNoir #wine. Bright red and clear in color, it has some vegital components at opening. In time, lots of maraschino cherry, some leafy, Smokey under tones, but not prominent. Medium body, round, smooth. Crowd pleasing. Opened 11/24/17

Nov 25th, 2017
Daniel P. Drake

Tonight on this the start of the weekend I had a taste for Willamette Valley Pinot and so I went to my store of choice in Chicagoland. I picked up a couple and not the usual choices. I wanted to try some under $20 Pinot. So the one I have opened is the inaugural 2015 Averean Pinot Noir. This is a new brand from the makers of Banshee and it shows with the California influence.

The nose is very aromatic with notes of strawberry, cranberry, cherry, red raspberry, cola, vanilla, an earthy component and a touch of smoky oak.

On the palate the nose is confirmed with cherry, cranberry, ripe strawberry, red raspberry, vanilla, spice, and rich soil.

Definitely not your typical Oregon Pinot Noir. More California influence than Oregon. Medium bodied and well balanced with medium + acidity, medium tannins. This is not what I look for in a Willamette Valley Pinot Noir but is a very pleasant wine and drinkable all night long. Please have an enjoyable weekend and as always stay safe. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷

Tonight on this the start of the weekend I had a taste for Willamette Valley Pinot and so I went to my store of choice in Chicagoland. I picked up a couple and not the usual choices. I wanted to try some under $20 Pinot. So the one I have opened is the inaugural 2015 Averean Pinot Noir. This is a new brand from the makers of Banshee and it shows with the California influence.

The nose is very aromatic with notes of strawberry, cranberry, cherry, red raspberry, cola, vanilla, an earthy component and a touch of smoky oak.

On the palate the nose is confirmed with cherry, cranberry, ripe strawberry, red raspberry, vanilla, spice, and rich soil.

Definitely not your typical Oregon Pinot Noir. More California influence than Oregon. Medium bodied and well balanced with medium + acidity, medium tannins. This is not what I look for in a Willamette Valley Pinot Noir but is a very pleasant wine and drinkable all night long. Please have an enjoyable weekend and as always stay safe. Nostrovia! 🍷🍷🍷🍷

Jul 15th, 2017
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9.1

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. $25.00 (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, March 2019)

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. $25.00 (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, March 2019)

1 person found it helpfulMar 4th, 2019
Jordan Wardlaw

Very recent bottling, not showing as well as the outstanding 2016. First impression was much more of a Chénas. Floral aromas of damp rose petal are very dominant with faint red fruit and spice character, but very muted overall without a significant mid palate presence. Bright acidity and freshness are nonetheless very appealing and I suspect it will open up with time as this is clearly a fine producer working with several terrific growers. Still a fine value, and I’d like to check in on it after a few more months in bottle.

Very recent bottling, not showing as well as the outstanding 2016. First impression was much more of a Chénas. Floral aromas of damp rose petal are very dominant with faint red fruit and spice character, but very muted overall without a significant mid palate presence. Bright acidity and freshness are nonetheless very appealing and I suspect it will open up with time as this is clearly a fine producer working with several terrific growers. Still a fine value, and I’d like to check in on it after a few more months in bottle.

1 person found it helpfulOct 22nd, 2018
Jordan Wardlaw

Serious Willamette Valley Pinot Noir for less than $20. Bright red fruit, lovely spice aromatics and firm tannins. Decidedly earthy character. But the real appeal of this appellation wine lies in its texture and full yet delicate palate weight. There is a purity and elegance in mouthfeel impact about this wine that is not often found at this price point. Excellent.

Serious Willamette Valley Pinot Noir for less than $20. Bright red fruit, lovely spice aromatics and firm tannins. Decidedly earthy character. But the real appeal of this appellation wine lies in its texture and full yet delicate palate weight. There is a purity and elegance in mouthfeel impact about this wine that is not often found at this price point. Excellent.

1 person found it helpfulMar 20th, 2018
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9.1

Vibrant, sharply focused scents of ripe red berries and candied flowers are complicated by suggestions of cinnamon and allspice. Sweet on the palate while floral notes come back strong on the clinging, spice-laced finish, with harmonious, slow-building tannins. (JR)

Vibrant, sharply focused scents of ripe red berries and candied flowers are complicated by suggestions of cinnamon and allspice. Sweet on the palate while floral notes come back strong on the clinging, spice-laced finish, with harmonious, slow-building tannins. (JR)

1 person found it helpfulJan 8th, 2017
Isaac Pirolo

I've been completely spoiled by Rivers-Marie, but this drinks way above its price point (~$20). Bitter but lush red fruit that evokes Burgundy, followed by a Christmas in July farmers market of herbs and spices. Legit.

I've been completely spoiled by Rivers-Marie, but this drinks way above its price point (~$20). Bitter but lush red fruit that evokes Burgundy, followed by a Christmas in July farmers market of herbs and spices. Legit.

Jul 1st, 2017