2018 Lingua Franca Estate Pinot Noir
Date Picked: 3rd Week of September, 2018
Finished Wine: Alcohol: 12.9%, pH: 3.5
Suggested Retail: $50 • 750 Cases Produced
Sourced from our best-performing blocks of Pinot Noir, Lingua Franca Estate Pinot Noir begins with a heady scent of roses, violets and berries. On the palate, the wine is quite dense and rich, powerful in expression, with more black than red fruits this vintage, dark plum, black cherry and cassis, then the nuances of wet stone, savory herbs come through in the lifted lingering finish and velvety texture. Due to the drought stress, and small berry size, this vintage of LF Estate Pinot Noir has a larger share of fruit from the Pommard clone and from the medium sized PN115 than in years past.
The fruit is sorted in the vineyard, hand-picked, then fermented with wild yeast in medium sized concrete and stainless-steel tanks. 20% of the fruit is whole cluster and the rest is destemmed, with only whole berries selected for the final wine. LFE Pinot Noir 2018 displays the deep, intense flavors of the dry vintage. Fermentation depended primarily on pump overs this year, with less pigeage. After fermentation, the Estate Pinot Noir 2018 is aged in a combination of 25% new and 75% old French oak barriques for 12 months and four in tank, prior to bottling.
Overall extreme drought conditions shaped the vintage by stressing the vines and lowering the amount of juice in each berry, concentrating flavors. Lingua Franca Estate Pinot Noir 2018 is our most deeply flavored yet, grown on the shallower soils of the finest upper and lower blocks, with over half from the Gelderman-Jory soils of Blocks 1 and 3.
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