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Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Lingua Franca Estate Pinot Noir
96POINTS
18½/20

Lingua Franca Estate Pinot Noir 2016

Willamette Valley, Oregon, United StatesThe 2016 is the first official release off the LF Estate, built and completed in 2016. Co-owner Larry Stone has been fascinated by the dry-farmed organic soils for years located in the heart of the Eola-Amity Hills. The 66-acre LS Vineyard sits next door to two iconic Eola-Amity Hills vineyards: Seven Springs, and Lone Star Vineyard, and is planted to 18 different Dijon clones and heritage clones and rootstock, sourced from very specific Oregon sites whenever possible. The attack is all wow: so silky and stony with a fragrant, dusty earthy, Oregon red beets nose. Texturally it is amazing, both soft yet structured and mouthfilling. The palate is a delicate mix of perfectly ripe sweet pinot fruit with red cherries and plums that persist forever. To hear Stone talk about his wine, and the site he had coveted for years (and given up every viable asset he owned to buy it) is both scary and a joy. According to him, the site is pinot perfect with an eastern exposure, morning sun, moderate cooling winds, slopes of 12-20 percent and excellent drainage. All that remains is how it will adjust to global warming, but for now it's delicious.Tasted: 25 September 2018Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 99.00 private wine shops US 66.00 srp Producer: Lingua FrancaDistributors: Revelry Import Company
Varietal: Pinot NoirCSPC: 182381UPC: 00852672008118