Lingua Franca Avni Pinot Noir 2019
|Region||United States, Oregon, Willamette Valley|
In 2010, while Larry Stone was working at Evening Land in the Willamette Valley, he began negotiations for the 150-acre Janzen Farm, located in the Eola-Amity Hills. Originally, the plan was only to sell fruit. Then Dominique Lafon took notice of the new vineyard. He suggested to Larry that instead of selling the fruit, he should try and make wine from what was undoubtedly an exceptional site. In late 2014, Dominique indicated that he would be interested in collaborating on the project and the team began work together in February of 2015. This was also the time that Lafon protégé, Thomas Savre, with experience in some of the most illustrious places in Burgundy, joined in the venture that had been christened “Lingua Franca.”
This has a Syrah-like foundation of earthy herbs and chewy tannins. The fruit is pure Pinot—elegant and bright raspberry flavors rich enough to feel lightly jammy. It finishes with a kick of citrusy acidity.