Averaen Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2015

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Daniel P. Drake Delectable Pro

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!

9.0

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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)

9.1

Bret Ginter

Cherry, berry, raspberry, cranberry, earth, & spice. More of california style than Willamette, but I still enjoy it quite a bit.

Cherry, berry, raspberry, cranberry, earth, & spice. More of california style than Willamette, but I still enjoy it quite a bit.

8.8

Matt Waring

Passport says Oregon, taste says California. Vanilla, raspberry, cola, nice body, reasonably priced -- what's not to like?

Passport says Oregon, taste says California. Vanilla, raspberry, cola, nice body, reasonably priced -- what's not to like?

8.9

Isaac Sacolick

Wine was drinkable but lifeless

Wine was drinkable but lifeless

7.9

Trevor

Nice pinot noir. On par with Bench and Banshee.

Nice pinot noir. On par with Bench and Banshee.

8.8

Isaac Pirolo Delectable Pro

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.

9.1

Mike Lundberg

Light and dry; excellent

Light and dry; excellent

9.0

John Willison Delectable Pro

Red & black berry fruit with some sweetness & heat on the nose. Plum, dark berry juiciness followed by a brambly mid palate and sweet and tart finish. More CA than OR.

Red & black berry fruit with some sweetness & heat on the nose. Plum, dark berry juiciness followed by a brambly mid palate and sweet and tart finish. More CA than OR.

8.9

Stuart Wood

Not as complex as other Pinots but a good value play and very drinkable

Not as complex as other Pinots but a good value play and very drinkable

8.7

Location

  • 981 Sibley Memorial Highway
    Lilydale, MN 55118

  • Hours:
    Monday-Saturday: 10am-9pm

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