Lingua Franca Avni Pinot noir 2019
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93 points Vinous: "A highly aromatic bouquet evokes fresh red fruits, licorice and Asian spices, along with a smoky mineral overtone. Juicy, lithe and focused on the palate, offering appealingly sweet, mineral-tinged raspberry, rose pastille and spicecake flavors that deepen slowly with air. Finishes with harmonious tannins, sharp clarity and strong persistence, leaving cherry and spice notes behind."
2018 vintage notes
93 points Wine Spectator: "A lithe wine, with laser focus, offering layers of snappy cherry, river stone and savory dark spice flavors that build tension toward fine-grained tannins. Drink now through 2027."
2016 vintage notes
92 points Wine Spectator: "Elegant and sleekly focused, with complex and precise raspberry and dark cherry flavors accented by crushed stone and cinnamon notes that glide toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2024."
2015 vintage notes
92 points Wine Spectator: "Refined and precise, featuring a structure that’s elegantly complex, with raspberry and cinnamon aromas and sleek cherry and mineral flavors. Drink now through 2022."
AVNI Pinot Noir reflects the complex flavor profile of Eola-Amity Hills fruit, born of volcanic soils on hillside vineyards and sourced primarily from neighbors in Hopewell. The wine is medium bodied, complex with floral, mineral and red cherry, black plum fruit tones, and a long silky finish. The treatment of the fruit at harvest reflects the winemaking philosophy of Dominique Lafon.
AVNI is a Stone family name, which means “of rock” or “stone.”
Foods: Roasted chicken breast with morel sauce, grilled prawns with tomato concassé, chanterelles, Herbes de Provence and pasilla (or espalette), veal chop with rosemary jus, roasted pork loin with honey-lemon glaze, buttermilk fried quail with sweated cippolini onion and basil sauce.