Lingua Franca is proud to partner with Decanter magazine on an international webcast about three wines from three different vintages that we have selected together. Both Lingua Franca Founder Larry Stone and consulting winemaker Dominique Lafon will be talking about these wines and how they reflect the terroir of our Estate vineyard. The three wines are the Lingua Franca Estate Chardonnay 2018, Avni Pinot Noir 2017 and Estate Pinot Noir 2016.
Foremost is the 96-point top-scoring 2018 Chardonnay which Charles Curtis, MW reviewed recently in his article about Oregon Chardonnay. "The overall impression is of a consummate balance between richness and freshness, with another layer of firm underlying acidity too, and the wine lingers enticingly."--Charles Curtis MW
Avni Pinot Noir 2017 recently was named a Best Buy by Wine & Spirits magazine and has received scores of in the 90s from all reviewers. It is our most available and accessible Pinot Noir, coming from Estate fruit, mainly Pommard Clone Pinot Noir, grown on blocks with Jory soils. "Youthful, with a compact core of lively acidity and tannins framed by nuanced raspberry, river stone and savory spice accents that persist on the finish."--Tim Fish, Wine Spectator
Lingua Franca Estate Pinot Noir 2016 is a benchmark for terroir driven wine from our Estate as it incorporates the three finest blocks of the vintage, each with something different to contribute. The whole is greater than the sum of the parts, and three extra years in bottle have rounded the edges, transformed the fruit, emphasized the mineral and floral notes, and made this wine irresistible. However it was good enough after its release to get scores of 93 to 96 points. "Deep . . . yet retains a sense of focus and polish, offering dark cherry, black tea and spice box flavors that take on momentum toward refined tannins."--Tim Fish, Wine Spectator