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2017 Averaen Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1380888 91 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Limpid ruby-red. Vibrant red and dark berry scents are complemented by suggestions of candied rose, star anise and cola; a minerally element builds in the background. Fleshy and seamless in texture, showing very good energy to the sweet cherry and black raspberry flavors, which deepen slowly on the back half. Shows strong, spicy tenacity on the persistent, floral-dominated finish, which is shaped by supple, slow-building tannins. (JR) Inner quote mark (6/2019)

K&L Notes

Averaen Pinot Noir comes from the folks at Banshee, and is made in Oregon by winemaker Adam Smith, who made Banshee's first batch! They always make a spot-on quality-for-price Pinot, and we're excited to see them in action in Oregon. According to the winery's vintage notes, 2017 saw an elongated harvest in good conditions, and the wines show exceptional structure, focus, and juicy red fruit in abundance. A classic Oregon vintage.


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By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/31/2019 | Send Email
This Pinot Noir is a ROCKIN' wine. Sweet perfumed cherries, flowers, and acidity all come together in this harmonious wine. It captures an attractive middle ground between the lighter and richer styles of Pinot being made in Willamette Valley. If you enjoy European-influenced Pinot with acidity, vibrancy, and balance, this will blow you away!

By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/28/2018 | Send Email
If you are looking for one of the best values in Oregon Pinot, this is your wine. We have been big fans of the Banshee project in Sonoma over the last decade, and were more than thrilled to bring in the Oregon side of the business when the Averaen label was introduced a few years back. Vintage after vintage, the wines have continued to charm K&L staffers and customers alike. If you haven't yet tasted Averaen, now is the time.

By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/21/2018 | Send Email
This excellent (and affordable!) Pinot Noir from Banshee's Willamette Valley vineyard is great. Deep, dark and red fruited, it has low to moderate tannin without being extracted or "sweet". Light earthy flavors at the back of the palate add complexity and nuance.

By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/23/2018 | Send Email
This small, independent Oregon Pinot Noir specialist is a spinoff from the wildly popular Banshee wines. They are producing high-quality, value-driven Pinot that’s just a pleasure to drink. Oregon Pinot Noir has come a long way over the last two decades and the proof is in the bottle. Over time the vines have gained age, which results in wines of greater complexity and richness. This is the kind of Pinot Noir you want to be serving with your holiday bird, salmon, and even some red meat dishes. The wine shows exceptional structure, focus, and juicy red fruit.

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