Lingua Franca AVNI Pinot Noir 2017

93 Wine & Spirits | 92 Wine Enthusiast | 91 Wine Spectator | 91 Wine Advocate

In the criminally underrated 2017 vintage in the Willamette Valley, the critics are unanimous that Larry Stone’s Avni Pinot Noir is a winner.


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Country: USA

Region: Oregon, Willamette Valley, Eola-Amity Hills

Variety: Pinot Noir

Terroir: predominantly Jory

Winemaking: grapes are fed bin by bin, not pumped, into small format stainless steel fermenting tanks of between 2 to 5 tons capacity; fermentation begins with gentle pump overs and may include one or two punch downs towards the end of the cuvasion; pigeage is done traditionally by foot; wines age in a combination of 25% new and 75% old French oak barriques for 12 months and four in tank, prior to bottling; practicing Organic farming

Wine & Spirits 93
Avni is built around Larry Stone’s estate vineyard in the Eola Hills, and supplemented by similar sites. Even though it’s Stone’s entrylevel wine, it’s not simple; instead it reflects the shallow soils of the Eola–Amity Hills in all their mineral tension: The wine is bright and tightly packed, weaving rose-petal notes and whole-cluster spice with dark plum-skin flavors. It sustains a lovely vibrancy of flavor, grounded and direct.

Wine Enthusiast 92
This wine opens with lovely scents of cranberry and raspberry. Those juicy, fresh flavors follow to a lightly spicy, medium-bodied palate with a gentle hint of cholocate. It was fermented with one-quarter whole clusters and aged in 20% new French.

Wine Spectator 91
Brooding and youthful, with a compact core of lively acidity and tannins framed by nuanced raspberry, river stone and savory spice accents that persist on the finish. Best from 2020 through 2026.

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate 91
Pale to medium ruby, the 2017 Pinot Noir Avni has a nose of warm cranberries, red currants and blackberries with accents of cinnamon, dried leaves, citrus peel and potpourri. The light to medium-bodied palate is bright and crunchy with a good interplay of ripe fruit, earth, amaro and spice character, finely framed and finishing long, fresh and bright.


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