Lingua Franca - Willamette valley Oregon 2018 Estate Pinot Noir

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Lingua Franca is an estate in Eola- Amity Hills in the Willamette Valley in Oregon. What attracted me to this estate is the mere fact that Larry Stone created it on the best volcanic soils in collaboration with two great french wine folk, namely Dominique lafon and Thomas Savre. Burgundian savoir faire in oregon, now that's a great combination. These wines are focused, linear, not commercial, and delicate. So if you like the commercial Napa stuff, don't buy this....  teasing...   from the best-performing blocks of Pinot Noir, the 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 and savory herbs come through in the lifted lingering finish and velvety texture.

 

 

 92 pts | Wine Spectator "Structured and refined, with sleek and steely raspberry and blueberry flavors laced with stony minerality and fresh violets. Builds tension toward medium-grained tannins. Drink now through 2028." - Tim Fish

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