Lingua Franca Pinot noir The Plow 2019
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95 points Vinous: "Expansive red and dark berry and floral aromas are complemented by hints of star anise, sassafras and cola. Sappy, seamless and fleshy on the palate, offering intense black raspberry, cherry cola, candied lavender and mocha flavors underscored by a vein of smoky minerality. Seductive in character, finishing with powerful thrust and supple tannins that meld smoothly with the sappy, persistent fruit."
2018 vintage notes
94 points Wine Spectator: "Graceful in its complexity and elegantly expressive, offering lithe raspberry and cherry flavors that are laced with a hint of crushed stone and black tea that build tension toward medium-grained tannins. Drink now through 2029."
2017 vintage notes
94 point Wine Spectator, Highly Recommended: "Vibrant and full of tension, this balances refined layers of raspberry, dusky spice and flinty minerality with a handsome structure that builds elegant intensity toward fine-grained tannins. Best from 2021 through 2029."
It smells amazing--red fruit essence, spice and floral accents--lifting right out of the glass and to your senses. Then it begins building...stacking luscious layers of texture and whole cluster complexity wrapped in pretty and pure red fruited Pinot glory. Elegance and depth to spare.
The Plow pays tribute to Lingua Franca's vineyard workers and growers, who use organic and biodynamic farming methods, striving to disturb the vineyard soils as little as possible. - Marcus
2016 vintage notes
94 points Wine Spectator: "Harmonious and ethereal, with delicate complexity, offering layered black cherry and raspberry flavors accented by black tea hints and whiffs of orange peel and mineral. Drink now through 2024."
94 points Vinous: "Vivid red. Heady aromas of red fruit liqueur, baking spices and smoky minerals, with a sexy floral nuance building steadily with air. Offers bitter cherry, raspberry and rose pastille flavors that show excellent clarity and depth with little excess weight. Gentle tannins frame a strikingly long spice- and floral-accented finish that convey a suave blend of power and delicacy."