2016 Lingua Franca with Larry Stone

La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels

Tasted November 9, 2018 by jgreco with 42 views

Introduction

Larry Stone hosted a tasting of the 2016 Lingua Franca vineyard wines for mailing list members at La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels in New York.

Flight 1 (6 notes)

White
2016 Lingua Franca Chardonnay Bunker Hill USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Eola - Amity Hills
94 points
Apple and lemon nose. Flinty, lemony flavors. Mineral texture. Light bodied and low alcohol. Tremendous lift at the end. The Bunker Hill is such a joy to drink at this point that there is no need to age.
White
2016 Lingua Franca Chardonnay Sisters Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills
92 points
A nose of lemon confit. Feels very precise on the palate with lemon-lime flavors. Light bodied. Good length on the finish. This is likely to improve with another 2-3 years of aging.
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Red
2016 Lingua Franca Pinot Noir Estate USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Eola - Amity Hills
92 points
A perfumed nose of lavender and black fruits. At this point, the wine reminds me most of the Rhys Alpine Vineyard with its dark and brooding nose. The 2016 Lingua Franca Estate is much lighter on its feet though. Lengthy finish. Great things are coming for this wine but you are going to need at least another 4-6 years.
Red
2016 Lingua Franca Pinot Noir The Plow USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Eola - Amity Hills
94 points
Perfumed nose from red fruits, bacon, and spices. Soft and round on the palate. Finishes strong with firm tannins on a long finish. Unsure of its age worthiness, but Plow could not be drinking any better today. Bravo!
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Red
2016 Lingua Franca Pinot Noir Hope Well Vineyard USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Eola - Amity Hills
89 points
The 2016 Hope Well is shutdown at the moment with little of note on nose. 40% whole clusters (and you can taste it). Green and stemy. There is a nice lift at the end with a long finish. I want to love this more because it has such solid underlying material, but I have my doubts it will ever come together.
Red
2016 Lingua Franca Pinot Noir Mimi's Mind USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
93 points
Subdued nose that opened up with a little air. Juicy red fruits. Tremendous structure backed by grainy tannins that will need time to resolve. Wine of the night for most of the group (and Larry Stone’s favorite). There is a ton of potential here, but this needs 5-10 years in the cellar to come into its own.
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