Forbes Magazine named the 2016 Estate Pinot Noir one of the best Pinot Noirs in the Willamette Valley. Click here to read the full article.
"2016 Lingua Franca Estate Pinot Noir delivers red and black fruit, spice, dried roses, slate-driven minerality, smooth, focused, complex, long finish." - Michelle Williams, Forbes
Silver TEXSOM International Wine Award
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The wine is medium intense, complex with floral, mineral, flint and red cherry, black plum fruit tones, and a long finish.
The vintage marks the first release from our Estate, a vineyard site that has been coveted for decades and finally planted by Larry Stone. It is beautifully located in the heart of the Eola-Amity Hills, dry farmed organically on Jory and Nekia soils.
The fruit is sorted in the vineyard, then sorted by hand, finally by a special destemmer/sorter, handled so as to preserve the terroir of this remarkable site.LFE Pinot Noir has about 25% whole cluster fruit in 2016 for added structure. The grapes are fed bin by bin, not pumped, into small format stainless steel fermenting tanks of between 2 to 5 tons capacity.
Fermentation begins with gentle pump overs and may include one or two punch downs towards the end of the cuvasion. The foulage and pigeage are done traditionally by foot. After fermentation, the wines age in a combination of 25% new and 75% old French oak barriques for 12 months and four in tank, prior to bottling.