2015 Lingua Franca, Avni Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills, Oregon, USA

2015 Lingua Franca, Avni Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills, Oregon, USA

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2015 Lingua Franca, Avni Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills, Oregon, USA

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This is a lovely introduction to Lingua Franca’s reds. With lots of bright cherry and cranberry, it’s very lifted. It’s recognisably Oregon, but the winemaking ethos of Burgundian restraint shows as well. Drink this straight off the boat and over the next couple of years (to 2020).
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Lingua Franca

Lingua Franca

Lingua Franca is a new project in Oregon from several different familiar names in the world of wine. 2015 is the first vintage from Larry Stone, a famous San Francisco Master Sommelier and veteran of several different wine projects in California and Oregon. Teaming up with Larry are David Honig, owner of Napa Valley’s Honig Vineyards and consulting winemaker Dominque Lafon, the legendary Burgundy winemaker.

The first vintage from the winery was sourced from nine vineyards of Chardonnay and nine vineyards of Pinot Noir from around the Willamette valley. They have received great praise from both the press and wine intelligentsia. Truly superb expressions of Chardonnay & Pinot that speak of their terroir.

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Sonoma County

Sonoma County

North Coast's Sonoma County is California's largest AVA with 19,800 ha (2005) of vines. It has forever been the home of the meek and mild small grower as compared to the grandeur and might of neighbour Napa; more picturesque too, as much of the sandy, gravely loam land belonged to true orchards and fruit farms until the 1970s.

Sonoma Valley covers a small part of Sonoma County but its wines often outshine its illustrious neighbours in Napa County. Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Sauvignon are cultivated here with much success. Sonoma Valley has long enjoyed a special place in the history of California wine. The first vineyards in the valley were planted by Franciscan monks in 1823. In 1857 Agoston Haraszthy, one of the founding fathers of California's commercial winemaking, opened here the highly successful Buena Vista Winery.

Closer to the coast are the region's top producing AVAs for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay: Russian River, Sonoma Coast and Green Valley, while the slightly warmer Dry Creek and Alexander Valleys have earned a reputation as a hotspot for Cabernet, and increasingly, Zinfandel and Merlot.

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Ridge, Teira, Williams & Selyem, Rochioli are definitely worth investigating.

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Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is probably the most frustrating, and at times infuriating, wine grape in the world. However when it is successful, it can produce some of the most sublime wines known to man. This thin-skinned grape which grows in small, tight bunches performs well on well-drained, deepish limestone based subsoils as are found on Burgundy's Côte d'Or.

Pinot Noir is more susceptible than other varieties to over cropping - concentration and varietal character disappear rapidly if yields are excessive and yields as little as 25hl/ha are the norm for some climats of the Côte d`Or.

Because of the thinness of the skins, Pinot Noir wines are lighter in colour, body and tannins. However the best wines have grip, complexity and an intensity of fruit seldom found in wine from other grapes. Young Pinot Noir can smell almost sweet, redolent with freshly crushed raspberries, cherries and redcurrants. When mature, the best wines develop a sensuous, silky mouth feel with the fruit flavours deepening and gamey "sous-bois" nuances emerging.

The best examples are still found in Burgundy, although Pinot Noir`s key role in Champagne should not be forgotten. It is grown throughout the world with notable success in the Carneros and Russian River Valley districts of California, and the Martinborough and Central Otago regions of New Zealand.

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jancisrobinson.com
So this is a gently-made wine…! Deep garnet. Really appetising, interesting nose. Pure fruit in a burgundian corset. Elderberry cordial note but no surplus sweetness. Lots of purity. Hint of mint. Seriously outstanding, with the hand of Lafon evident in this pure, emphatic, appetising expression of terroir without any surplus sweetness. Rewarding.  Polished and rewarding. See my enthusiastic standalone tasting notes on other wines from this exciting new producer by putting 'Lingua Franca' into the tasting notes search.
17/20, Jancis Robinson
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