Averaen Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2015
The seed for AVERÆN was planted when 'the boys' from Banshee Wines in Sonoma attended the IPNC (International Pinot Noir Conference) in the Willamette Valley a few years ago. Baron, Noah and Steve were sitting around a campfire in a vineyard, talking about the similarities between their cold and foggy Sonoma Coast and the various sub-appellations of the Willamette Valley. From the cold wind that funnels from the Pacific Ocean through low-lying gaps in the coastal mountain ranges (the Van Duzer Corridor in Oregon and the Petaluma Wind Gap in Sonoma), to the mix of marine sedimentary and volcanic influenced soils that play off of one another to create the micro-terroirs of each appellation. The similarities were shocking. The 'Banshee Boys' got really excited about the potential to make wine at the very highest level, from top vineyard sites, all at a cost that was considerably less that what they were experiencing in the Sonoma Coast. Oregon reminded them of where the Sonoma Coast was 10-15 years ago. Still finding its way in terms of consistency, but when done right, way over-delivering. The quality was there in a big way, but the prices were still so reasonable.
VinousVibrant, sharply focused scents of ripe red berries and candied flowers are complicated by suggestions of cinnamon and allspice. Lithe and appealingly sweet on the palate, offering intense raspberry, cherry and spicecake flavors that deepen and spread out with air. The floral note comes back strong on the clinging, spice-laced finish, which is given shape by harmonious, slow-building tannins. This wine delivers outstanding value and is an auspicious inaugural offering for this project.