Averaen

Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

9.027 ratings
9.05 pro ratings
Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA
Pinot Noir
Top Notes For
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.

Mar 20th, 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
ThreeCircles

Big, juicy and chewy Pinot. Yum. $19.99 at Whole Foods.

Big, juicy and chewy Pinot. Yum. $19.99 at Whole Foods.

Oct 14th, 2018
Tom Tomkinson

Great balance.

Great balance.

Sep 9th, 2018
Michael Benson

Good, not great. But I got for around $13.

Good, not great. But I got for around $13.

Jun 17th, 2018
Pam Hoadley

Nice wine- dinner with Ann and Mark

Nice wine- dinner with Ann and Mark

Apr 28th, 2018
Marita Y

taking a chance on oregon pinots. lighter than central coast. would purchase again and switch up w meiomi

taking a chance on oregon pinots. lighter than central coast. would purchase again and switch up w meiomi

Apr 7th, 2018
Jason Budd

Cherry, black tea, and forest floor on the nose. More cherry and a little strawberry on the palate. Medium tannins and light acidity.

Cherry, black tea, and forest floor on the nose. More cherry and a little strawberry on the palate. Medium tannins and light acidity.

Feb 26th, 2018
Ryan Housman

Nice and jammy

Nice and jammy

Feb 11th, 2018
Anastassia Laskey

Sharp start and smooth finish. Very drinkable.

Sharp start and smooth finish. Very drinkable.

Dec 20th, 2017