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LAVINEA is committed to advancing the reputation of Oregon Pinot Noir and Chardonnay by bringing to the attention of the world the Willamette Valley’s finest vineyard sites.

  • TUALATIN ESTATE VINEYARD

    Willamette Valley AVA


  • Story

    Tualatin Estate Vineyard, established in 1973, is one of the oldest and most respected vineyard sites in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Wine grapes from this 145-acre vineyard have produced world-renowned wines for over 40 years. Tualatin is the only vineyard to have won the Best of Show for both the red and white categories at the London International Wine Competition in the same year. Tualatin’s Pinot Noir captured the Governor’s Trophy, Oregon’s most prestigious wine award, two years consecutively in 1994 and 1995. This is a feat unduplicated by any Oregon winery.

    The name “Tualatin” originates from local indigenous people and means “gentle and easy flowing” referring to the local Tualatin River that meanders on its way to the confluence with the Willamette River. The site is located in the coastal rain shadows near Forest Grove, Oregon.

    The unique Laurelwood soil profile at Tualatin has also contributed to the complex nature of the wines. The top twenty-four inches is a distinct layer of well-drained silt loam deposited from a volcanic eruption of Mt. Hood nearly 10,000 years ago. This feature allows any excess topsoil moisture to drain away from the vine’s feeding roots. The top layer is also riddled with deposits of unique, iron concretions called “pisolites” that are caused by the weathering of the minerals. Some say “pisolites” add more rose petal aromas to the wines produced from this soil. Below the topsoil layer is deep jory clay, which has a high water holding capacity to sustain the vine during drought conditions.

  • Details

    AVA: Willamette Valley
    Total Acreage Planted:  177.6 acres
    Elevation: 350 – 900 feet
    Exposure: South
    Soils: Unique Laurelwood, volcanic silt loam, weathered iron and mineral deposits over deep Jory clay.
    Lavinea’s Acres: 1.5
    Clones:  Pommard/Own Roots & 667/Own Roots
    Density: 12 X 6
    Row Orientation: North/South
    Year Planted: 1974

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  • 2017 Pinot Noir


    2017 VINTAGE & WINEMAKING FACTS

    Picking date: September 27th & October 1st, 2017
    Harvest Data: 23.3 brix, pH 3.37, TA 5.7 g/l
    Cold Soaked: 6 days
    Fermentation: Spontaneous native fermentation, gentle punch downs or pump over twice per day
    Pressed: October 18th
    Barreled: October 23rd with 20% New French Oak
    Malolactic fermentation: Indigenous and 100% complete by April 4th 2018
    Bottling date: March 29th, 2019
    ABV: 13.2
    Cases Produced: 228
    Aging Potential: Over 8 years

    2017 TASTING NOTES

    Brilliant and deep ruby with a youthful purple edge, lovely initial aromas of raspberry cobbler, fresh red cherries and hints of rose petals opens in the glass to fragrant orange peel, and mixed berry aromas intertwined with bergamot notes and hints of cardamom. A smooth entry and soft palate travels along exquisitely, with an elegant texture that lingers on a fresh and focused cherry core. The wine comes full circle with lively acidity, and notes of fruit and earth that carry the palate seamlessly on a long finish. This wine is seductively elegant and polished, refreshing and refined.

  • LAZY RIVER VINEYARD

    Yamhill-Carlton AVA


  • Story

    Lazy River Vineyard lies on the steep south facing slope of Mt. Richmond in the Northwest Willamette Valley, three and one half miles from Yamhill, Oregon. From the top of the hill one looks down to the mixed terrain, interlocking puzzle pieces of woods, rolling meadows, grape vines and ponds. The land is separated north from south by a meandering small river, which by August is typically dry.

    A few miles away in Dundee is a prized soil type, Jory. Lazy River is 20 miles west of Dundee. It also has Jory soil, an anomaly left by a westerly detour of the Missoula flood 40,000 years ago. Jory is a prized red clay capable of producing classic Pinot Noir.

    Located near the foothills of the Coast Range the vines have less vigor, ripen at a slower pace and have less plant energy devoted to create excessive foliage. These 17-year-old vines from the cool & sheltered site produced Riesling for many vintages. That proved challenging over the years due to the late ripening tendencies of Riesling itself, on an already cool site. In 2014, these precious blocks were top grafted to three clones of Chardonnay, a variety which goes naturally hand in hand, and is highly complementary to Lazy River’s excellent Pinot Noir. We are delighted to introduce this new Chardonnay to our collection. Akin to Pinot Noirs produced from this vineyard, the wine carries a forward and fresh fruit flavor profile, natural balanced acidity & sustained refined finish, promising of a graceful aging potential.

  • Details

    AVA: Yamhill-Carlton
    Total Acreage Planted: 37.8 acres
    Elevation: 350-500 feet
    Exposure: South
    Soils: Volcanic Jory Soils, basalt mother rock with iron-rich soils.
    Lavinea’s Acres: 1.5
    Chardonnay  Clones: 76, 95 & 548 on 3309
    Pinot Noir Clones:
      777/R.G.  & 113/44-53
    Density: 7 X 5
    Row Orientation: North/South
    Year Chardonnay Planted: 2000 & 2005, top grafted 2014
    Year Pinot Noir Planted: 2000

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  • 2017 Chardonnay

    2017 VINTAGE & WINEMAKING FACTS

    Picking date: October 4th, 2017
    Harvest Data: 21.3 brix, pH 3.22, TA 6.6 g/l
    Pressed: Gentle & Long Champagne program
    Settled: 12 hours then racked
    Fermentation: Spontaneous native fermentation in barrels with 15% New French Oak
    Malolactic fermentation: Indigenous and 100% complete by September 4th, 2018
    Bottling Date: March 27th, 2019
    ABV: 13.3
    Cases produced: 265
    Aging Potential: Over 8 years

    2017 TASTING NOTES
    Crystallin pale straw with a shimmering silver edge. The aromas are perfumed with lemon curd, zest of citrus fruits, quince, and honeyed white peaches. Lively and vibrant on the palate, with a lovely creaminess, the citrus leads way to stone fruit flavors of white peaches and pears on a refreshing frame of balanced acidity. The stone fruit flavors linger gracefully while intertwined with interesting flinty notes on the finish. Elegant and fully enjoyable now, it will gain in complexity as it ages.

  • 2017 Pinot Noir

    2017 VINTAGE & WINEMAKING FACTS

    Picking date: September 29st & October 4th , 2017
    Harvest Data: 24.4 brix, pH 3.33, TA 5.5
    Cold Soaked: 6 days
    Fermentation: Spontaneous native fermentation, gentle punch downs or pump over twice per day
    Pressed: October 21th
    Barreled: October 26th with 23% New French Oak
    Malolactic fermentation: Indigenous and 100% complete by April 4th, 2018
    Bottling date: March 27th, 2019
    ABV: 13.9
    Cases produced: 301
    Aging Potential: Over 8 years

    2017 TASTING NOTES
    Shiny garnet with violet hues, deep yet crystalline. The initial aroma reveals approachable sour cherry, earthy minerals and kirsch. The nose opens to reveal blueberry, black raspberries, and black currents with hints stone fruit and lavender. Rich and lush with a smooth entry on the palate that carries a lovely velvety texture of refined tannins wrapping finely around a focused core of strong minerals. Broad, yet with a tightening finish and a beautiful texture that provides a lasting impression. This wine, with its generous red fruit and silky mouthfeel, is a crowd pleaser.

  • NYSA VINEYARD

    Dundee Hills AVA


  • Story

    Nysa Vineyard sits at 620-780 feet elevation in the Dundee Hills of Oregon’s northern Willamette Valley. Nysa spans 41 acres of volcanic Jory soil with basalt bedrock 8 to 12 feet below the surface. The high percentage of clay combines with soil depth to hold moisture late into the season, permitting dry farming.

    The first 7.5 acres were planted in 1990 to own-rooted Pommard and Wadenswil pinot noir. In 2001, 3.2 acres of phylloxera-resistant rootstock grafted to the 115 Dijon clone were planted, with an additional nine acres of Pommard, Coury, Wadenswil, and 777 on resistant rootstock planted in 2003.

  • Details

    AVA: Dundee Hills
    Total Acreage Planted:  21.8 acres
    Elevation: 750-900 feet
    Exposure: East
    Soils: Volcanic Jory Soils, basalt mother rock with iron-rich soils.
    Lavinea’s Acres: 2.4
    Clones: Pommard/3309
    Density: 7 X 5
    Row Orientation: North/South
    Year Planted: 2003

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  • 2017 Pinot Noir

    2017 VINTAGE & WINEMAKING FACTS

    Picking date: October 5rd, 2017
    Harvest Data: 23.0 brix, pH 3.28, TA 6.3 g/l
    Cold Soaked: 6 days
    Fermentation: Spontaneous native fermentation, gentle punch downs or pump over twice per day
    Pressed: October 24th
    Barreled: November 2nd with 22% New French Oak
    Malolactic fermentation: Indigenous and 100% complete by April 24th, 2018
    Bottling date: March 27st, 2019
    Cases Produced: 540
    ABV: 13.6
    Aging Potential: Over 8 years

    2017 TASTING NOTES

    Deep and beautiful Bing cherry color, with a softer edge, the initial aromas of bright cherries, passionfruit and floral notes of lavender open to sweet cherries, nutmeg and mace surrounding the flinty notes. The initial palate impression is bright and nervous, with a youthful mid-palate that displays freshly baked cherry pie with cinnamon and a firm mineral core that tightens through the finish with finely textured and coating tannins. Overall, a very composed wine fit for a great life in bottle.

  • ELTON VINEYARDS

    Eola-Amity Hills AVA


  • Story

    In 2007 Elton Vineyards was named one of Oregon’s top ten vineyards by Wine Press Northwest, and in 2006 Wine & Spirits listed it as one of the five key vineyards in the new Eola-Amity Hills American Viticultural Area. Owned by Dick and Betty O’Brien, the vineyard was planted on land inherited from Betty’s parents, Elton and Peggy Ingram – hence the name Elton Vineyards and the address on Ingram Lane.

    The first five acres of wine-grapes were planted in 1983 by the OBriens. The vineyard now includes sixty acres planted on east-southeast slopes of the Eola Hills, just west of Hopewell, in Yamhill County, in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA. The elevation rises from 250-500 feet, and the vineyard soil is primarily Jory and Nekkia.

    The majority of the vineyard is planted in Pinot Noir; including Pommard, Wadensvil, 115, 777, and 114 clones.  The vineyard also includes Dijon 76 and 96 Chardonnay.

  • Details

    AVA: Eola-Amity Hills
    Total Acreage Planted: 93.8 acres
    Elevation: 350-750 feet
    Exposure: East
    Soils: Volcanic Jory Soils, basalt mother rock with iron-rich soils.
    Lavinea’s Acres: 1.5 (Pinot) + 2 (Chardonnay)
    Pinot Noir Clones: Pommard/Own roots & “Melange”: 113, 114, 115, 777 & Pommard/Own roots
    Chardonnay Clones: Dijon 76 & 96/3309
    Density: 12 X 6
    Row Orientation: North/South
    Pinot Noir Year Planted: 1983
    Chardonnay Year Planted: 1993

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  • 2017 Chardonnay

    2017 CHARDONNAY VINTAGE & WINEMAKING FACTS

    Picking date: September 28th, 2017
    Harvest Data: 20.2 brix, pH 3.13, TA 8.0 g/l
    Pressed: Gentle & Long Champagne program
    Settled: 12 hours then racked
    Fermentation: Spontaneous native fermentation in barrels with 15% New French Oak
    Malolactic fermentation: Indigenous and 100% complete by September 4th, 2018
    Bottling date: March 27th, 2019
    ABV: 13.2
    Cases produced: 296
    Aging Potential: Over 8 years

    2017 CHARDONNAY TASTING NOTES

    Golden straw in color with a shiny chartreuse edge, the aromas open with appealing mix of ripe white peaches, and wet rock minerality laced with hints of lemon zest, flint and soft anise. Delicate on the palate with a light creamy core, layers of pears, white peaches and freshly baked biscotti flavors compete on the flinty and mineral finish. A complete and long-lasting wine, fresh and multi-layered, this is a classic example that every chardonnay lover will truly enjoy.

  • 2017 Pinot Noir

    2017 PINOT NOIR VINTAGE & WINEMAKING FACTS

    Picking date: September 28th & 30th, 2017
    Harvest Data: 23.0 brix, pH 3.32, TA 5.9 g/l
    Cold Soaked: 6 days
    Fermentation: Spontaneous native fermentation, gentle punch downs or pump over twice per day
    Pressed: October 16th
    Barreled: October 23rd with 22% New French Oak
    Malolactic fermentation: Indigenous and 100% complete by March 30th, 2018
    Bottling Date: March 28th, 2019
    ABV: 13.7
    Cases produced: 279
    Aging Potential: Over 8 years

    2017 PINOT NOIR TASTING NOTES

    Brilliant, ruby red in color, the lovely aromas of mixed berries, fragrant rose and herbaceous rosemary dance between savory notes and fresh fruits. Elegant and refreshing, lush yet restrained, the lovely palate travels with a smooth beginning, vibrant core of fresh mixed berries, wet bedrock that tightens towards the finish, sustained by silky tannins. The quintessential definition of a beautiful pinot noir, Elton is complex and enjoyable now, yet has the tension required to age gracefully.

  • TEMPERANCE HILL VINEYARD

    Eola-Amity Hills AVA


  • Story

    Perched at very high elevation above Bethel Heights Vineyard overlooking down the mouth of the Van Duzer Corridor, Temperance Hill is truly on the fringe of grape growing boundaries.

    This second generation vineyard was first planted in 1981 by the Koo family on what is believed to be the remnants of an ancient volcano. Dai Crisp, one of the pioneers of organic grape growing in the Willamette Valley took over management in 1999 and began farming it in accordance with Oregon Tilth Organic Certification standards. It’s high and cool location produces wines of exception, providing excellent growing conditions for Pinot Noir often resulting in outstanding wines with tremendous aging potential.   Nicknamed “the staircase vineyard”, we are proud to be amongst the twenty-two wineries that source fruit from this amazing site. We share it’s it’s mid-step, between the blocks of Bergström and Adelsheim, with glorious south facing slopes.

    The cool evening winds promotes a long ripening season with slow flavor development and perfect acid balance. The wines carry the perfect complexity one gets with an exceptional site and great vintage conditions.

  • Details

    AVA: Eola–Amity Hills
    Elevation: 750 – 800 feet
    Exposure: South
    Soils: Volcanic Jory of the Nekkia sub-serie
    Lavinea’s Acres: 1.5 for block 5A
    Clones:  Pommard & 115 on 3309
    Density: 7 X 3.5
    Row Orientation: North/South
    Vine Age: Planted 2001

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  • 2017 Pinot Noir

    2017 PINOT NOIR VINTAGE & WINEMAKING FACTS

    Picking date: October 10th, 2017
    Harvest Data: 23.2 brix, pH 3.29, TA 5.9 g/l
    Cold Soaked: 6 days
    Fermentation: Spontaneous native fermentation, gentle pump over twice per day
    Pressed: October 27th
    Barreled: November 8nh with 22% New French Oak
    Malolactic fermentation: Indigenous and 100% complete by March 22nd, 2018
    Bottling Date: March 28th, 2019
    ABV: 13.9
    Cases produced: 441
    Aging Potential: Over 10 years

    2017 PINOT NOIR TASTING NOTES

    Lovely deep garnet with black cherry hues and a youthful bluish edge. The first aromatic impression showcases earthy aromas with blackberry fruit, mixed wild berries and flinty notes lifted by lovely fragrant herbs: wild thyme & rosemary. The smooth and soft, yet full entry reveals a velvety texture, and a long finish that dances between blueberries and blackberries with tightening iron-rich notes. Full bodied yet elegant, this is a truly compelling wine from this acclaimed site.

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