Lingua Franca 2017 Avni Chardonnay, Willamette Valley, $40

By on March 9, 2020
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A classic example of the Willamette Valley’s renaissance with Chardonnay, reflected in the Burgundian influence of acclaimed consultant Dominique Lafon and young winemaker Thomas Savre. Chardonnay sings with aromas of lemongrass, yellow apple and citrus as flinty minerality becomes more evident over time. It spent just 11 months in French oak, with 27% of it in new wood, then it was blended and aged on the lees for five months to build mouth feel. The oak is lightly apparent on the palate, along with ripe fruit, medium acid and subtle herbs. Last fall, it earned a gold medal the Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition in the Columbia Gorge. Lingua Franca co-founder/CEO Larry Stone, who grew up in Seattle and has gone on to become perhaps America’s most fascinating Master Sommelier, suggests serving his flagship Chardonnay with crab, lobster, clams and oysters.

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 1,300 cases

Alcohol: 13%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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