2017 Pinot Noir | Lingua Franca Estate
Date Picked: 3rd Week of September, 2017
Finished Wine: Alcohol: 13%, pH: 3.58
Suggested Retail: $55 • 800 Cases Produced
Lingua Franca Estate Pinot Noir begins with a heady scent of roses and red fruits. On the palate, the wine is quite dense and rich, powerful in expression, with a perfect balance of red and black fruits, dark plum, pomegranate and raspberry, then the nuances of wet stone, savory herbs come through in the lifted lingering finish and velvety texture. Lingua Franca Estate is beautifully located in the heart of the Eola-Amity Hills, dry farmed organically on Jory, Gelderman and Nekia soils.
The fruit is sorted in the vineyard, then sorted by hand, finally by a special destemmer/sorter, handled to preserve the terroir of this remarkable site. LFE Pinot Noir has less whole cluster fruit in 2017 to emphasize the round elegant and rich character of the vintage. The grapes are fed bin by bin, not pumped, into small format stainless steel fermenting tanks between 2- and 5-tons capacity. Fermentation begins with gentle pump overs and may include one or two punch downs towards the end of the cuvasion. Pigeage is done traditionally by foot. After fermentation, the wines are aged in a combination of 25% new and 75% old French barriques for 12 months and 4 in tank, prior to bottling.
After late spring rains, the weather was warm and dry, not too hot. This set the stage for wines of balance, with a complex structure and vivid fruit.
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