93 points Wine Spectator: "Sleek and steely, with lemon blossom and river stone aromas and delicately layered nectarine and mineral flavors that linger on the long, crisp finish. Drink now through 2019."
The wine which started it all...through a clandestine wine-related adventure, I found myself with an unlabeled, not-yet-released bottle of Avni Chardonnay, the first Lingua Franca wine I tasted. I try to limit myself to a couple glasses most evenings but I admit to indulging once I opened this beauty. It's everything we love in Chardonnay, from the bright and racy citrus and pear flavors to the mouthwatering minerality and seamless texture. - Marcus
AVNI Chardonnay reflects the complex flavor profile of Eola-Amity Hills chardonnay combined with Chardonnay from 100% Jory soils in Salem’s Bunker Hill, Dundee’s Durand, and a Yamhill-Carlton site, with a contribution from Laubejac vineyard fruit near Monmouth, on the southwestern side of the region in Willakenzie and Dupee soils. The wine is silky, racy and complex, with a lasting finish of citrus, pear, white flowers and flinty mouthwatering minerality. 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: Poached salmon in a light tarragon beurre blanc, sautee of prawns with tomato concassé, saffron, garlic and lemon zest, calamari fritti with aioli, sautéed baby bok choy with soy, mirin, yuzu, garlic, chili sauce, panko crusted sand dabs with mixed greens, tat soi, arugula, and mango vinaigrette.