2016 Lingua Franca, Estate Pinot Noir, $52
Winery Info: Larry Stone was the ninth Master Sommelier in the U.S., and the first American to win the prestigious Best International Sommelier in French Wines competition in Paris. After a three-decade career as a sommelier and restaurateur, he relocated to Oregon’s Willamette Valley where founded Lingua Franca along with partners Dominique Lafon, of Burgundy’s Domaines des Comte Lafon and Oregon’s Evening Land, and David Honig. Larry brought in his wines recently for us to try and we couldn’t wait to share them with our club members.
Winemaker: Thomas Savre, formerly of Evening Land (he also interned at Burgundy’s iconic Domaine de la Romanée Conti), with consulting winemaker Dominique Lafon
Grapes: 100% Pinot Noir
Vineyard source: Their estate vineyard in the heart of the Eola-Amity Hills, a dry-farmed site on basalt Jory and Nekia soil. This vintage marks the first release from their estate fruit.
Flavor profile: Very elegant and complex, with medium intensity and dark fruit flavors, inviting floral notes, and flinty minerality. A wine of great finesse, very expressive of the complex terroir of its origin.
Availability: It is limited, but it should be available for a while.
Drinkability: Now through 2022
Food Pairing: Roasted duck or lamb dishes. It could stand up to heartier fare as well.
2014 J. K. Carriere, Lucidité Chardonnay, $35
Winery Info: Jim Prosser worked with classic Pinot Noir producers in Burgundy, New Zealand, Australia, and Oregon, before starting his own winery in 1999. In 2007 he purchased 40 acres on the slope of Parrett Mountain, east of Newberg in the Chehalem Mountain AVA, where he built his current winery.
Winemaker: Jim Prosser
Grapes: 100% Chardonnay, barrel fermented in an Old World style. Aged on its lees for 16 months in mostly older French oak barrels to promote roundness of the mid-palate.
Vineyard source: The higher elevation southeastern shoulder of Temperance Hill Vineyard in the Eola Hills and St. Paul Vineyard outside Newberg.
Flavor profile: It has aromas of earth, hazelnut, and crème brûlée, and bright, ripe flavors of citrus and orchard fruit. A round and full Chardonnay with fresh, balancing acidity.
Production/Availability: 300 cases. There is a bit left with the distributor.
Drinkability: Ready to enjoy now or over the next few years
Food Pairing: Lovely on its own, or you could enjoy it with lemon-poached fresh halibut with a tarragon hollandaise sauce and fresh roasted asparagus. Or a nice roast chicken.