Lingua Franca

Avni Willamette Valley Chardonnay

9.294 ratings
9.227 pro ratings
Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA
Chardonnay
Duck, Shellfish, Goose, Mushrooms, Manchego & Parmesan, Game, Pork, Squash & Root Vegetables, Chicken, Turkey, Cheddar & Gruyere, Meaty & Oily Fish, White Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Cream Sauces
Top Notes For
Martin Bergo

From Willamette Valley including Bunker Hill and Eola-Amity Hills vineyards, this CH is lightest yellow with some greenish tones; fresh vibrant nose of yellow apples, nectarines, peaches, some seared butter and baking spices, and a slight Burgundy-like chalky salinity; taste is dry but round and mouthfilling with high acids and medium alcohol (13%) unripe tropical fruits, oranges and apples. The finish is long. They use mostly old french barriques for production and aging but some new oak is clearly present. On the nose I could have been tempted to guess southern Burgundy (Côte Chlns), but less so after tasting. Went well with a shrimp salad on toast pre-fried in garlic and olive oil. Very nice!

From Willamette Valley including Bunker Hill and Eola-Amity Hills vineyards, this CH is lightest yellow with some greenish tones; fresh vibrant nose of yellow apples, nectarines, peaches, some seared butter and baking spices, and a slight Burgundy-like chalky salinity; taste is dry but round and mouthfilling with high acids and medium alcohol (13%) unripe tropical fruits, oranges and apples. The finish is long. They use mostly old french barriques for production and aging but some new oak is clearly present. On the nose I could have been tempted to guess southern Burgundy (Côte Chlns), but less so after tasting. Went well with a shrimp salad on toast pre-fried in garlic and olive oil. Very nice!

Jul 31st, 2021
Daron Watson

aromas lemon oil & citrus blossoms, w hints of minerals, herbs & shortbread

addition of pears, apples, & peaches to the intense lime-aid core deliver a vibrant, refined & focused Chard

aromas lemon oil & citrus blossoms, w hints of minerals, herbs & shortbread

addition of pears, apples, & peaches to the intense lime-aid core deliver a vibrant, refined & focused Chard

Jan 18th, 2021
Andrew Lohse

Proof that Oregon is capable of top-class chardonnay. Vibrant acidity, citrus, and crisp apple notes meet a deep, slightly buttery—and very long—finish. Beautiful and amazing value.

Proof that Oregon is capable of top-class chardonnay. Vibrant acidity, citrus, and crisp apple notes meet a deep, slightly buttery—and very long—finish. Beautiful and amazing value.

Feb 25th, 2020
Ryan Wofford

Yeah baby 🍼

Yeah baby 🍼

Sep 8th, 2019
Corey Zamora, CSW

Montrachet from Oregon? Yes! Terrific effort.

Montrachet from Oregon? Yes! Terrific effort.

Feb 13th, 2019
Al Shikoh

Bright medium yellow in color with aromas of lemon, green apple, and white flowers. The palate is driven by racy acidity and stony minerality. Combines fruit from predominantly Nekia soils in Salem’s Bunker Hill, Eola-Amity Hills including Lingua Franca Estate Vineyard, Yamhill-Carlton, and a small contribution from Laubejac Vineyard near Monmouth in Willakenzie soils. Very pleasant entry level wine. 13% ABV. $35.

Bright medium yellow in color with aromas of lemon, green apple, and white flowers. The palate is driven by racy acidity and stony minerality. Combines fruit from predominantly Nekia soils in Salem’s Bunker Hill, Eola-Amity Hills including Lingua Franca Estate Vineyard, Yamhill-Carlton, and a small contribution from Laubejac Vineyard near Monmouth in Willakenzie soils. Very pleasant entry level wine. 13% ABV. $35.

Sep 15th, 2018
Paco Suro

$35 direct. Great value.

$35 direct. Great value.

Jul 3rd, 2018
Sarah O'Kelley

Apples & rocks - elegant Oregon chard.

Apples & rocks - elegant Oregon chard.

Jun 16th, 2018
WineMascot

2015, nice but I feel like something was missing.

2015, nice but I feel like something was missing.

Oct 16th, 2017
Denny Marin

New project by MS Larry Stone. Elegant, restrained and exceptionally food-friendly, Burgundian-styled Chard. Good things to come from this winery in the future.

New project by MS Larry Stone. Elegant, restrained and exceptionally food-friendly, Burgundian-styled Chard. Good things to come from this winery in the future.

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