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Vinous’ Josh Raynolds on LAVINEA’s 2016 Pinots

“These are also wines that will age gracefully on their freshness and energy…”

2016 LAVINEA Elton Vineyard Pinot Noir: 95 Points
Shimmering ruby-red. Explosive, mineral- and spice-accented aromas of fresh red berries and flowers, cherry pit, along with hints of blood orange and incense building in the glass. Shows excellent delineation and energetic lift in the mouth, offering powerful raspberry preserve, bitter cherry flavors and a suggestion of spicecake. Finishes with a jolt of juicy acidity, building sweetness and silky tannins, leaving succulent red berry and floral notes behind, eventually. (27% new French oak) — Josh Raynolds

2016 LAVINEA Temperance Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir: 95 Points
Limpid ruby-red. Spice-accented raspberry and cherry aromas, along with hints of woodsmoke, incense and candied flowers. Silky and focused on the palate, offering concentrated red fruit and floral pastille flavors that turn sweeter as the wine opens up. Fine-grained tannins lend shape to an extremely long, spice-tinged finish that shows outstanding clarity and building florality. Isabelle Meunier told me that she is not inclined to do punchdowns for her Temperance Hill as “there is plenty of structure there already” and she doesn’t want to exaggerate it by working the fruit too hard. (31% new French oak) — Josh Raynolds

Paul Gregutt of the Wine Enthusiast Raves About LAVINEA’s 2016 Vintage

LAVINEA’s 2016 vintages review highlights:

2016 LAVINEA Lazy River Vineyard Pinot Noir: 94 Points & Editors’ Choice
“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

2016 LAVINEA Lazy River Vineyard Chardonnay: 94 Points & Cellar Selection
“This wine was barrel fermented in 20% new French oak. It’s racy, inviting and aromatic, with sharp flavors of lemon, gooseberry, lime and cantaloupe. Tart and stylish, it’s built for aging, though immediately enjoyable”

2016 LAVINEA Temperance Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir: 93 Points
“All of LAVINEA’s wines are deftly detailed, but none more than this. Citrus, rosemary, wet rock and well-ripened tannins add complexity to the core of blueberry and brandied cherry fruit. Beautifully balanced and long…”

LAVINEA’s 2016 Vintage Impresses Reviewers at

LAVINEA’s 2016 vintage was recently reviewed by Here are some standouts from the reviews:

2016 LAVINEA Lazy River Vineyard Pinot Noir: 93 Points
“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 resolved. Long and fresh, red-fruit finish. Drink now.

2016 LAVINEA Lazy River Vineyard Chardonnay: 93 Points
“Some grilled nuts, a mealy edge and a bright array of yellow peaches and lemons, framed in a gently nutty complexity. The palate is beautifully fleshy and smoothly styled with a long, plush and polished core of fruit to close. Drink now.”

2016 LAVINEA Elton Vineyard Chardonnay: 93 Points
“This has a restrained array of lemon and chalky mineral elements on the nose, leading to a palate that has a long, supple and succulent core of fresh and zesty, crisply focused citrus and white-peach flavor. Long and impressive. Drink now.”

Wine Spectator Gives LAVINEA 2016 Wines High Scores Across The Collection of Vineyards

Wine Spectator released scores of the recent 2016 LAVINEA Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines. The wines all earned 92 points and higher, with the following highlights:

2016 LAVINEA Temperance Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir: 94 Points
Dynamic and structured, with expressive smoky meat and black cherry aromas and layered dark plum, licorice and stony mineral flavors that persist toward well-buffed tannins”

2016 LAVINEA Yamhill-Carlton Lazy River Vineyard Chardonnay: 93 Points
“Polished and supple, with delicately complex and alluring pear and star fruit flavors, accented by crushed stone and spice notes. Drink now through 2021”

2016 LAVINEA Eola-Amity Hills Elton Vineyard Pinot Noir: 93 Points
“Dynamic, with a stately elegance, offering refined dark cherry, savory black tea and clove flavors that take on dimension and tension toward refined tannins.”

“Cutting Edge Oregon: These Forward Thinking Winemakers Aim To Redefine the State’s Scene” (Wine Enthusiast)

Isabelle Meunier, winemaker at LAVINEA, was profiled in the February 2019 edition of Wine Enthusiast as one of Oregon’s game-changing winemakers. 

“Each of Meunier’s wines… pinpoint specific characteristics of Yamhill-Carlton, Eola-Amity Hills, Dundee Hills and Tualatin Valley sites… Meunier focused on chardonnay, considered by many Oregon’s next superstar variety, early on, and uses LIVE certified-organic grape sources. She’s also embraced innovative ways to work with existing trellising and unique picking techniques that have paid dividends. This craftsmanship is emblematic of the constant attention to detail that results in great wines.”

LAVINEA Wines: Putting Land Before Hand in Crafting Quality Willamette Valley Wine” (Forbes)

LAVINEA was featured in a January 2019 Forbes article that focused on the unique vineyard sites that create our wines. 

“At a minimum, all LAVINEA vineyards are LIVE sustainable certified, Temperance Hill goes a step further, certified organic. The vineyard lies at a high elevation right in the path of the Van Duzer corridor, pushing the boundaries of grape growing in Willamette Valley. (Isabelle Meunier) explains the high winds results in tiny, late ripening berries that are highly concentrated. The 2015 LAVINEA offers complexity from first glance; garnet with deep purple hues, aromas of dark and red slightly jammy berries, exotic spice, cocoa, licorice, damp earth and black tea. The palate equals the complexity of the color and aromas, tension between youthfulness and elegance, tannins that grip juxtaposed by a silkiness. A stunning wine with great age-ability.”

LAVINEA Featured In Robb Report: “If You Love White Burgundy, You’ll Love Oregon Chardonnay”

Robb Report featured the 2015 LAVINEA Elton Vineyard Chardonnay in an article featuring comparisons between White Burgundy and Oregon Chardonnay. “In the last few years, Willamette Valley vintners—and more than a few from France—have brought a prodigious amount of know-how to growing and making Chardonnay in Oregon. They are New World whites, to be sure, with the variety’s signature sweet fruit. But they are a different breed—crisp, aromatic, energetic, minerally, and often downright savory. These are Chardonnays that just might share more with white Burgundy than they do with California.” The article goes on to highlight a few of the top Oregon chardonnays to try. The LAVINEA 2015 Elton Vineyard Chardonnay is described as “Perfumed on the nose with both earth and floral notes, this Chardonnay fills the mouth with ripe apple, creamy lemon, and stone fruit flavors, leading to a long, flinty finish”.

LAVINEA Chardonnay 2015 Vintage Earns High Marks from Wine Enthusiast

The June 2018 issue of Wine Enthusiast highlighted the Chardonnay renaissance in Oregon, putting the spotlight on Oregon Chardonnays of depth and complexity. The two 2015 Chardonnay wines produced by LAVINEA performed especially well, with the Lavinea 2015 Lazy River Vineyard Chardonnay earning 97 points and an Editors Choice’, and the LAVINEA 2015 Elton Vineyard Chardonnay scoring 94 Points.

Wine critic Paul Gregutt on the 2015 Lazy River Chardonnay: “Even in the midst of the current Oregon Chardonnay renaissance, this bottle stands above and beyond. Concentrated and bursting with lemon drop tang, it’s a vibrant, reflective, complex and utterly captivating wine. The estate’s focus is on single-vineyard expressions of various Willamette Valley AVAs.” 97 Points, Editor’s Choice.

Regarding the 2015 Elton Vineyard Chardonnay: “This full-flavored wine bursting with ripe apple, peach, melon and papaya flavors was fermented with native yeast in barrel, 20% new. A luscious seam of butterscotch runs through the palate, and plenty of natural acidity keeps the flavors fresh and lively.” 94 Points.

LAVINEA Featured In Robb Report: “New Pinot Noirs Reach for Greatness in the Willamette Valley”

LAVINEA was featured in Robb Report in May 2018, highlighting the mission of winemaker Isabelle Meunier to make exceptional wines from Oregon’s greatest vineyards. “Oregon winemaker Isabelle Meunier might have learned her craft from some of the best winemakers in the world, but she believes the ground itself is responsible for the finest wines….The nose on her 2014 Pinot Noir from Elton Vineyard in the Eola–Amity Hills AVA does hint at terrific terroir, with complex earthiness—a forest-floor quality—under dark red fruit and spice. That fruit isn’t shy on the palate! A rush of juicy raspberry is perfectly balanced between lush and tart, wrapped in silky textures through a lovely finish.”

LAVINEA Featured in Wine Spectator Article “Wineries To Watch…. Producers Pushing Limits In Oregon”

The March 2018 issue of Wine Spectator featured LAVINEA as a rising-star Oregon winery, with a focus on the strong talent behind the brand and a succession of high scores for recent vintages.

“When Isabelle Meunier and Greg Ralston left Evening Land in 2014 – she was winemaker and he was CEO – they wanted something to call their own. The up-and-coming winemaker and wine business veteran have made a good match… After just two vintages, the duo’s new winery, LAVINEA, has made a strong impression with a collection of sleek, plush and well-structured wines such as its LAVINEA Pinot Noir Eola-Amity Hills Temperance Hill Vineyard 2015.”

LAVINEA 2015 Vintage Earns High Marks from Josh Raynolds of Vinous

The 2015 Pinot Noir wines from LAVINEA enjoyed 93, 94 and 95-point scores from Josh Raynolds in the January 2018 edition of Vinous.

Reviewing the 95-Point Temperance Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir, Raynolds remarked the wine “delivers a suave blend of power and finesse and finishes with harmonious tannins, outstanding clarity and intense, floral-driven persistence.”

Wine Spectator Features LAVINEA in March 2017 Article “Oregon’s Vintage Trifecta”

Lavinea made an appearance in the March 2017 edition of Wine Spectator, which covered the three consecutive outstanding vintages that the Willamette Valley has enjoyed. In a section highlighting new Oregon wine projects to pay attention to, LAVINEA was put in the spotlight.

“Single-vineyard Pinot Noirs from five AVAs in the northern Willamette Valley make up the lineup, plus one snappy Chardonnay. The Pinots combine sleek structure with complex flavors, meant for the cellar.” – Harvey Steiman


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