Lingua Franca Avni Chardonnay 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.”
Flinty tones mingle with wild mushroom, Japanese pear and citrus blossom aromatics that all take shape in the glass. The palate is round, generous and wonderfully textured. This is finesse-driven, seamless Oregon Chardonnay. The great sense of length adds to the enjoyment as this beautiful wine is not even fully hitting its stride.