Bright, rich and substantial. Smell and taste lemon-honey, Macintosh apples, grapefruit, lime, pineapple, fresh pie crust and hazelnut. The crisp citrus and orchard fruits burst out in the mouth along with bits of buttercream, brine and chalk. This is intense and full-bodied while at the same time being impressively “fit.” While giving due respects to owner Larry Stone and winemaker Thomas Savre, you can taste the “touch” of consulting winemaker Dominique Lafon.
Lingua Franca is the inspiration of Master Sommelier and great Wine Ambassador Larry Stone. (It’s also of significant note that Dominique Lafon of Burgundy’s Comtes Lafon, consults on the winemaking.) The maiden vintage was 2015. Most of the wines are Willamette Valley AVA as the winery waits for their Estate Vineyards in Eola-Amity Hills to come into production. For Willamette Valley, great vintages like 2016, full of sunshine and warmth, paint a broader brush of appeal for most consumers. This Chardonnay would sell easily for $75 or more if it said Sonoma Coast on the label!
Also check out my review of the Lingua Franca “Avni” Pinot Noir 2016.
Review from Mary Orlin, the WineFashionista:
“Vineyard elevation 800 ft, older vines. Super-mineral-y nose! White flowers, lemon citrus, green herbal notes – thyme, sage. Fresh, rich and round – freshness is hallmark of Lingua Franca wines. Viscous, oily, glycol-like body. Lemon citrus, soft creamy on mid palate and long finish, elegant even though has higher acid”