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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

Rave Reviews for Lavinea’s 2014 Vintage From Josh Raynolds of Vinous

Lavinea’s 2014 wines were reviewed by prominent wine journalist Josh Raynolds on Vinous in December and January. The wines received a very favorable response from Josh, who summarized his reviews by stating, “The 2014’s are the inaugural wines for Lavinea and they already show enormous promise, based on those bottlings as well as the 2015s that I tasted from barrel in August… I’m betting that Lavinea will, in short order, be widely considered among Oregon’s elite producer’s.”

Lavinea’s 2014 Vintage Receives High Scores From Wine Spectator

The inaugural vintage of Lavinea wines were reviewed by Wine Spectator in December 2016. Lavinea received numerous high scores for all current release wines.

Lavinea’s inaugural 2014 vintage offering attracts 2nd highest bid of entire Auction, $11,000 for five case lot of ‘Cuvee Mystere’.

The inaugural Willamette: The Pinot Noir Barrel Auction raised an astonishing $476,000 from 400 wine collectors bidding on Oregon’s 2014 vintage. Ellen Spicknall from Wine Cellars of Annapolis (Md.), an East Coast supporter of Pinot Noir from Oregon, won five-case lot from Lavinea’s debut vintage.

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Next Wave of Oregon Vineyards

Harvey Steinman, Wine Spectator

“For her new winery, ex-Evening Land winemaker Isabelle Meunier divided her sources for 2014 among the six Willamette Valley sub-AVAs. She wants to explore the differences among vineyards “with maturity and yet with more potential.” Among them are Tualatin Estate, originally planted in 1974, more recently with some Dijon clones. Others fermenting away for her first vintage were Saikonnen in Ribbon Ridge, on slopes that face Bergström’s vineyard (2001 plantings), and Lazy River, one of the few sites in Yamhill-Carlton on Jory soils (2001 plantings).”

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