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Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Lingua Franca Bunker Hill Estate Chardonnay
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Lingua Franca Bunker Hill Estate Chardonnay 2016

Willamette Valley, Oregon, United StatesThe BHV Chardonnay is made with 20-year-old plus fruit grown on Nekia soils (essentially thin Jory soils) at an altitude of around 700 feet in Salem. Stone says it’s the only west facing vineyard he works with and it is completely exposed to the cooling Pacific Ocean winds blowing across the Van Duzer corridor. Bunker Hill is a richer version of AVNI, with vibrant, mineral, stony, smoky pear aromas and flavours that persist through a very long intense citrus drenched finish. I love the crunchy, mouthwatering style here restrained in a complex way on the palate. A lasting finish of citrus, herbs, and white flowers concludes with flinty, mouthwatering minerality, that has intensity but floats on the tongue. The vine material is one of the earliest plantings of Dijon clone Chardonnay 76 in Oregon, planted by the same Joel Myer who replanted Seven Springs in the same year, 1995.Tasted: 02 November 2018Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 95.00 private wine shops US 68.00 srp Producer: Lingua FrancaDistributors: Revelry Import Company
Varietal: ChardonnayCSPC: 182226UPC: 00852672008101