2018 Averaen "Floodline" Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir

SKU #1550002 91 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Limpid ruby-red. Perfumed cherry and red fruit aromas pick up floral and spice accents as the wine opens up. Juicy and seamless in texture, offering appealingly sweet raspberry and mulberry flavors and building spiciness. Fine-grained tannins come in late, adding gentle grip to a lingering cherry note. (JR) Inner quote mark (8/2020)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark This was given 14 months in 40% new French oak, and the high alcohol also indicates the winemaker's target style. It's a big, bold, muscular, tannic wine, with an abundance of ripe berry fruit. Don't look for typical Pinot Noir finesse—this comes on sharp, hot and fruity. (PG) Inner quote mark (7/2021)

K&L Notes

Averaen is the brainchild of the dynamic team behind the Sonoma boutique label Banshee Wines. While attending the world-famous IPNC festival in 2013 as a featured winery, the Banshee team became enamored with Willamette Valley’s various micro-climates and its potential to create singular wines. After establishing contracts with top-notch growers in the region, the Averaen label took off. The 2018 “Floodline” Pinot Noir from Eola-Amity Hills is named for the soil boundary created by the high point of the Missoula floods during the last ice age. Here there is a complex mix of both marine sediment and volcanic Jory loam soils, both definitive influences on Oregon’s signature Pinot Noir style. The fruit for this wine hails from two distinct sites in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA, Valin-Morrissey and Bois Joli. The appellation’s signature red fruit profile is on full display with cherry, raspberry, and mulberry, while the palate takes on a fine-grained tannic structure and a thrilling spice component, making it an ideal pairing for a classic farm to table spread.

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