Grape(s): 100% Chardonnay
Localization: Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA
Tasting Notes: Avni means "stone" and is a signature of the volcanic geology in the Willamette Valley. The region's shallow red soils and basalt rocks feature in the mineral flavors and savory quality of this wine.
The aroma is complex with layers of mineral, citrus, white flowers, and gunflint. The wine is balanced, vibrant, and racy on the palate, with a long finish. The natural acidity of the region is rounded by labor-intensive barrel fermentation and aging. Avni has nuances of lemon peel, green apple, fresh herbs, and a softer edge of pear and vanilla blossom in the background.
The Domain: Lingua Franca was co-founded by Larry Stone, David Honig, and Dominique Lafon in 2015, inspired by the exceptional vineyard site in the Eola-Amity Hills that Larry bought in 2012. They soon hired Thomas Savre, a brilliant young winemaker with work experience at some of the best domains in Burgundy and an inquisitive mind. All are committed to farming and winemaking practices that respect the environment, believing that complex and undisturbed ecosystems help to create the most complex and seductive wines.