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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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  • 2014 Pinot Noir


    2014 VINTAGE & WINEMAKING FACTS

    Picking date: September 17th & 23rd, 2014
    Harvest Data: 23.8 brix, pH 3.52, TA 5.2
    Cold Soaked: 6 days
    Fermentation: Spontaneous native fermentation, gentle punch downs or pump over twice per day
    Pressed: October 8th
    Barreled: October 11th with 30% New French Oak
    Malolactic fermentation: Indigenous and 100% complete by May 1st, 2015
    Bottled: March 1st, 2016
    Cases Produced: 210
    Aging Potential: Over 5 years

    2014 TASTING NOTES

    Brilliant and light ruby with purple and orange edge, the first nose starts with a complex range of red fruit and floral notes difficult to untangle and define at first, yet very compelling & ethereal. It opens up to fresh red fruit, dusty rose and soft anise notes. A soft entry on the palate, and pleasing all around as it dances around for a few minutes of berries and floral notes, silky and elegant textures that finishes seamlessly. Elegant and posed, the quintessential definition of a classic Pinot Noir: complex yet light and delicate on its feet. Very perfumed and lady like, this wine will seduce greatly by its refinement and polish, with a tremendous aging potential.

  • 2015 Pinot Noir


    2015 VINTAGE & WINEMAKING FACTS

    Picking date: September 9th, 2015
    Harvest Data: 24.2 brix, pH 3.45, TA 5.4 g/l
    Cold Soaked: 6 days
    Fermentation: Spontaneous native fermentation, punch downs or pump over twice per day
    Pressed: September 25th
    Barreled: September 30th with 30% New French Oak
    Malolactic fermentation: Indigenous and 100% complete by January 8th, 2016
    Bottling date: February 27st, 2017
    Cases Produced: 279
    Aging Potential: Over 5 years

    2015 TASTING NOTES

    Brilliant and light ruby with a youthful purple edge, the initial aromas of red cherry and exotic spices open in the glass to more complex notes of strawberry, yellow stone fruit and hints of rose petals on a distinctive bedrock character. A lively entry and soft palate travels along seamlessly, with an elegant texture that lingers on a stony core. The wine comes full circle as pie cherry notes linger on the refined finish. Elegance and minerality, the quintessential definition of a classic Pinot Noir: complex yet delicate. This wine will seduce greatly by its refinement and polish, with a wonderful aging potential.

  • 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: 2001, top grafted 2014
    Year Pinot Noir Planted: 2001

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  • 2014 Pinot Noir

    2014 VINTAGE & WINEMAKING FACTS

    Picking date: September 17th & 22nd, 2014
    Harvest Data: 24.3 brix, pH 3.36, TA 5.1
    Cold Soaked: 6 days
    Fermentation: Spontaneous native fermentation, gentle punch downs or pump over twice per day
    Pressed: October 6th
    Barreled: October 8th with 30% New French Oak
    Malolactic fermentation: Indigenous and 100% complete by June 4th, 2015
    Bottled: March 2nd, 2016
    Cases Produced: 233
    Aging Potential: Over 5 years

     

    2014 TASTING NOTES
    Shiny and ruby red with purple hues, the fist nose reveals fresh cherries with a hint of dusty rose petals and exotic spice: cinnamon, mace and nutmeg. It quickly opens up to reveal fresh strawberry pie and pomegranate nose, laced with red currants, bergamot & floral notes. Smooth, light and velvety on the palate, with fresh berry notes coating and restrained; and savory spice notes lingering on the long finish. A wine of a silky open texture and giving.

  • 2015 Chardonnay

    2015 VINTAGE & WINEMAKING FACTS

    Picking date: September 6thd, 2015
    Harvest Data: 21.6 brix, pH 3.20, TA 6.9 g/l
    Pressed: Gentle & Long Champagne program
    Settled: 12 hours then racked
    Fermentation: Spontaneous native fermentation in barrels with 20% New French Oak
    Malolactic fermentation: Indigenous and 100% complete by November 30th, 2015
    Bottling Date: February 27th, 2017
    Cases produced: 231
    Aging Potential: Over 5 years

    2015 TASTING NOTES
    Pale straw with a shimmering silver edge, the primary aromas of citrus fruit and refined floral elements quickly opens towards stone fruits: aromas of white peaches, Asian pear, fresh apricot and passionfruit notes. Lively and nervous on the tongue, with a light creaminess, the lovely citrus and tropical fruit characteristics come together harmoniously as they travel across the palate and become wrapped in flinty notes on the tightening finish. A fruity and interesting wine that is enjoyable now, yet will gain in complexity as it ages.

  • 2015 Pinot Noir

    2015 VINTAGE & WINEMAKING FACTS

    Picking date: September 4th & 8th, 2015
    Harvest Data: 24.2 brix, pH 3.36, TA 5.1
    Cold Soaked: 6 days
    Fermentation: Spontaneous native fermentation, gentle punch downs or pump over twice per day
    Pressed: September 26th
    Barreled: September 28th with 30% New French Oak
    Malolactic fermentation: Indigenous and 100% complete by January 8th, 2016
    Bottling date: February 28th, 2017
    Cases produced: 237
    Aging Potential: Over 5 years

    2015 TASTING NOTES
    Shiny and deep garnet in color with violet hues, the initial aromas reveal an interesting mix of dark cherries and lavender with hints of exotic spice: cardamom and nutmeg. It opens nicely to reveal mixed berry notes, and spiced cherries laced with intriguing rosemary. The palate carries mixed berry flavors wrapped with hints of cocoa on a spicy frame. A very smooth entry with a wonderfully lush texture carries the mouthfeel with velvety tannins to the long, lingering finish. This highly complex wine, with its silky and open 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 2004.

  • 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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  • 2014 Pinot Noir

    2014 VINTAGE & WINEMAKING FACTS

    Picking date: September 23rd, 2014
    Harvest Data: 23.7 brix, pH 3.30, TA 5.5
    Cold Soaked: 6 days
    Fermentation: Spontaneous native fermentation, gentle punch downs or pump over twice per day
    Pressed: October 10th
    Barreled: October 15th with 30% New French Oak
    Malolactic fermentation: Indigenous and 100% complete by May 5th, 2015
    Bottled: March 1st, 2016
    Cases Produced: 262
    Aging Potential: Over 5 years

    2014 TASTING NOTES

    Shiny deep garnet with ruby notes, the first nose dances between red and black fruit profile: dusty red cherries, strawberries, blueberries and rosemary notes surrounded by hints of earthy character & iron mineral. It opens towards fresh cherries and hints of cardamom. Smooth palate with a deep core of exotic spice and cherries framed by coating and silky texture and refined tannins holding the focused and long mineral finish. A sensuous wine that makes us pause for a minute then demands another glass.

  • 2015 Pinot Noir

    2015 VINTAGE & WINEMAKING FACTS

    Picking date: September 14rd, 2015
    Harvest Data: 24.7 brix, pH 3.37, TA 5.8 g/l
    Cold Soaked: 6 days
    Fermentation: Spontaneous native fermentation, gentle punch downs or pump over twice per day
    Pressed: October 2nd
    Barreled: October 7th with 30% New French Oak
    Malolactic fermentation: Indigenous and 100% complete by January 28th, 2017
    Bottling date: February 28st, 2017
    Cases Produced: 353
    Aging Potential: Over 5 years

    2015 TASTING NOTES

    Clear and shiny, deep ruby red in color with a softer edge, the initial aromas dance between red cherries, strawberry and fragrant floral scents so distinctive of the Dundee Hills. It quickly reveals a bouquet of wildflowers and candied cherry aromas framed by earthy mineral notes. The palate is very bright, with a smooth and mouth filling texture, a deep core of red and black cherries, and a refined and chalky texture that lingers on the mineral and earthy finish. A highly aromatic wine with a wonderful structure to age.

  • 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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  • 2014 Pinot

    2014 PINOT NOIR VINTAGE & WINEMAKING FACTS

    Picking date: September 15th, 2014
    Harvest Data: 24.3 brix, pH 3.39, TA 5.3
    Cold Soaked: 6 days
    Fermentation: Spontaneous native fermentation, gentle punch downs or pump over twice per day
    Pressed: October 4th
    Barreled: October 9th with 30% New French Oak
    Malolactic fermentation: Indigenous and 100% complete by May 18th, 2015
    Bottled: March 1st, 2016
    Cases Produced: 243
    Aging Potential: Over 5 years

    2014 PINOT NOIR TASTING NOTES

    Brilliant, deep ruby red with purple edge, the first nose opens with floral notes & earthy character of beetroot on a definite frame of mixed forest berries with bramble notes. It opens up to beautiful fruit and lavender notes. The smooth entry on the palate with very soft refined tannins that tightens towards a balanced acidity and strong mineral notes. The fresh red fruits and silky texture lingers for a long, long time on a tight finish. A truly compelling wine that promises to open and age elegantly all in refinement and complexity.

  • 2014 Chardonnay

    2014 CHARDONNAY VINTAGE & WINEMAKING FACTS

    Picking date: September 17th, 2014
    Harvest Data: 20.9 brix, pH 3.20, TA 7.7
    Pressed: Gentle & Long Champagne program
    Settled: 12 hours then racked
    Fermentation: Spontaneous native fermentation in barrels with 20% New French Oak
    Malolactic fermentation: Indigenous and 100% complete by June 17th, 2015
    Bottled: March 1st, 2016
    Cases Produced: 311
    Aging Potential: Over 5 years

    2014 CHARDONNAY TASTING NOTES

    Pale golden with a silver edge, the first nose opens with honeyed white peaches and fresh lemon curd on graham crackers, quickly followed by complex and floral notes of acacia, honeysuckle with hints of quince. A nervous entry on the palate with a smooth core, light creaminess and sustained acidity that reveals white peaches and citrus character with hints of vanilla & mace on a long, complex and tight finish. A fresh and complex wine that is truly enjoyable now, yet will gain in complexity as it ages.

  • 2015 Pinot

    2015 PINOT NOIR VINTAGE & WINEMAKING FACTS

    Picking date: September 14th, 2015
    Harvest Data: 24.3 brix, pH 3.35, TA 5.5 g/l
    Cold Soaked: 6 days
    Fermentation: Spontaneous native fermentation, gentle punch downs or pump over twice per day
    Pressed: September 29th
    Barreled: October 2nh with 30% New French Oak
    Malolactic fermentation: Indigenous and 100% complete by February 10th, 2016
    Bottling Date: February 28th, 2017
    Cases produced: 215
    Aging Potential: Over 5 years

    2015 PINOT NOIR TASTING NOTES

    Bright and classic ruby-red in color with a purple hue, the first fragrance conveys hints of rosemary and lavender and boasting mixed red and black fruits. It quickly opens in the glass to reveal bramble-berry and wet bedrock on a light spice frame. A soft palate entry with a juicy & fruity core, very smooth and elegant coating texture travels the length and finishes with a wonderful tightening. The quintessential definition of a beautiful pinot noir, very complete and showing promises of getting better through time.

  • 2015 Chardonnay

    2015 CHARDONNAY VINTAGE & WINEMAKING FACTS

    Picking date: September 11th, 2015
    Harvest Data: 21.4 brix, pH 3.20, TA 8.4 g/l
    Pressed: Gentle & Long Champagne program
    Settled: 12 hours then racked
    Fermentation: Spontaneous native fermentation in barrels with 20% New French Oak
    Malolactic fermentation: Indigenous and 100% complete by January 6th, 2016
    Bottling date: February 27th, 2017
    Cases produced: 186
    Aging Potential: Over 5 years

    2015 CHARDONNAY TASTING NOTES

    Shimmering pale golden in color with chartreuse and silver edge, the aromas reveal mineral & floral notes of acacia, completed by fresh lemon curds and suggestions of vanilla bean and exotic spice. Lively entry on the palate with a light creamy core, the layers of pears, white peaches, orange creamsicle and honeysuckle flavors compete on the flinty and mineral finish. An elegant and long-lasting wine, with fresh layers upon layers which may demand another glass.

  • 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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  • 2015 Pinot

    2015 PINOT NOIR VINTAGE & WINEMAKING FACTS

    Picking date: September 19th, 2015
    Harvest Data: 24.3 brix, pH 3.34, TA 5.7 g/l
    Cold Soaked: 6 days
    Fermentation: Spontaneous native fermentation, gentle pump over twice per day
    Pressed: October 7th
    Barreled: October 19th with 30% New French Oak
    Malolactic fermentation: Indigenous and 100% complete by February 10th, 2016
    Bottling Date: February 28th, 2017
    Cases produced: 264
    Aging Potential: Over 5 years

    2015 PINOT NOIR TASTING NOTES

    Deep purple with black cherry hues and a youthful bluish edge, the first scents boast a complex and very compelling and intriguing mixture of red and dark fruits with earthy notes, with hints of spice and red licorice. These aromas evolve in the glass towards dusty red cherries in kirsch, and fresh blueberries raising over an earthy background. The smooth and soft entry travels the length of the wine, and reveals a youthful soft texture, and a long finish that dances between red and black fruit with lingering mineral notes. Truly an age worthy and compelling wine.

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