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Lavinea Lazy River Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016 (Yamhill-Carlton AVA)
Region: Willamette Valley, OR
Winery: Lavinea
Grapes: 100% Pinot Noir
Vintage: 2016
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Description: Perched on a south-facing slope with gorgeous valley views. It is a bijou of a site within the AVA, in part due to the highly unusual soil type for the area. Planted in 2001 on volcanic Jory soils, these 15-year-old vines provide us with more depth and lush fruit flavors, sustained great texture with an elegant finish.


Publication Score Comments
The Wine Advocate 92 FOR THE 2014 VINTAGE
The 2014 Lazy River Vineyard Pinot Noir comes from Jory volcanic soils from vines planted in 2001. Matured in 30% new French oak, it has a rounded, quite sensual bouquet that offers black cherries mixed with blueberry, briary and subtle undergrowth scents that develop more and more delineation as it opens in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannins. Edgy, structured and with some lovely sour cherry fruit, this is one of my picks from Lavinea in 2015, especially thanks to the generous sprinkling of white pepper on the aftertaste. This delicious Pinot Noir comes highly recommended.
Wine Spectator 93 FOR THE 2014 VINTAGE
Supple, open-textured and focused, with powdery tannins underlying the cherry and black tea flavors, picking up stony notes as the finish rolls on. Best from 2017 through 2024
Vinous - Antonio Galloni 93 FOR THE 2014 VINTAGE
Vivid red. A highly perfumed and complex bouquet evokes red fruit preserves, potpourri and star anise, along with a smoky mineral overtone. Palate-staining raspberry, cherry and rose pastille flavors show impressive depth, and zesty acidity and a jolt of blood orange provide lift and vivacity. The floral note builds steadily with air and carries through an impressively long, sappy finish that shows no rough edges. The marriage of power to elegance here is quite impressive.
Wine Spectator 93 FOR THE 2016 VINTAGE Distinctive yet harmonious, with expressive blueberry and cherry flavors accented by smoky spice, forest floor and river stone notes, finishing with fine tannins. Drink now through 2025. 263 cases made.
James Suckling 93 FOR THE 2016 VINTAGE An impressive, red-cherry and plum- scented Pinot Noir that has a smooth and fine-boned palate with a very succulent, velvety and seamlessly balanced resolve. Long and fresh, red-fruit finish. Drink now.
Wine Enthusiast 94 FOR THE 2016 VINTAGE Lovely aromatics introduce bright, fresh and forward raspberry and tart cherry fruit. It's supple and well proportioned, with lingering threads of coffee, iron and graphite adding texture and detail. This should continue to drink quite well over the next six to eight years.