Always in pursuit of new expressions of terroir-driven Pinot Noir, our partners at Banshee Wines in Sonoma have ventured north to the Willamette Valley. It is here that they found many parallels to the characteristics that drive Sonoma's premier winegrowing, including cold Pacific winds drawn through gaps in the coastal mountain ranges, and unique combinations of marine sedimentary and volcanic soils.

In 2015, alongside their original winemaker Adam Smith (who, while in Oregon, has made wine at Shea, Domaine Serene, and Nicolas-Jay) they made their first vintage of AVERÆN. Smith's relationships in the Valley have quickly afforded AVERÆN privileged access to Oregon's highest quality fruit at prices reflected in the great value of this first release. Sourced from throughout the Willamette Valley, spanning such sub-appellations as Yamhill-Carlton and Eola-Amity Hills, AVERÆN was fermented and aged in a combination of stainless steel and neutral oak for 10 months.

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Averaen Pinot Noir 2017
91  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 91 “Displays abundant berry and floral character, with vibrant spice accents adding verve. Seamless in texture and appealingly sweet, the 2017 finishes with impressive, juicy persistence and resonating florality. This is textbook Willamette Valley Pinot Noir at a great price.” – J.R."
Item Number: 31003
Case: $203.40

Averaen 'Croft' Pinot Noir 2016
Vinous Media 93 "(50% whole clusters and 50% new French oak) Brilliant red. Powerful smoke- and spice-accented red berry liqueur, mocha and floral pastille scents show excellent clarity and pick up notes of licorice and cola with air. Sweet and expansive on the palate, offering juicy black

Averaen Pinot Noir 2016
90  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 90 "Limpid ruby-red. Ripe, spice-accented cherry and boysenberry scents, along with hints of woodsmoke, mocha and camphor. Fleshy and seamless in texture, offering gently sweet dark berry, mint and spicecake flavors that become livelier with aeration. Closes smooth and smoky, featuring

Averaen Pinot Noir 2015
91  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 91 "Lurid red. Vibrant, 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