~ Lachini Vineyards tasting and technical notes~

2007 Lachini Vineyards Cuvée Giselle Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon Deep ruby-red. Beautiful bouquet of Bing cherry cobbler, plus hints of woodsmoke, allspice, anise, black tea and dried flowers. The palate is broad and fleshy with red berry compote flavors and blackberry cassis. This multifarious and seductive beauty finds herself opening up after 30-60 minutes of decanting to reveal additional notes of violets, smoked bacon and toasted bread. All ultimately give way to silky tannins on the finish with a sweet, mouthcoating intensity and mineral lift.  Rich and concentrated, it is accentuated by layers of silky ripe cherries. This is a wonderfully textured wine with great acid balance that should give this youthful Pinot Noir life for many years to come. Drink 3-15+ years.


Wine type -       100% Pinot Noir, Estate Vineyard
Release date -    May 16, 2009
Alcohol -           14.2%
pH -                 3.65


Harvest began on September 28th and concluded on October 14rd, 2007. Comprised of 100% Estate Vineyard in the North Willamette Valley. Dijon clones from our Estate Upper & Lower Middle Blocks, 30% Pommard from our clone. Aged for 12 months in 100% French Oak barrels (60% new and 40% one-year old)

Winemaker: Laurent Montalieu

Dark in color, the nose explodes with an opulent bouquet of wild blackberries, cola, truffle, and toasty oak which immediately fills the senses. Rich and concentrated, it is accentuated by layers of silky ripe cherries, pomegranate, cassis, crème brûlée and exotic spice notes – ultimately, opening up after 30-60 minutes of decanting to reveal additional notes of violets, smoked bacon and black cherries. The essence of the back palate and finish is a sweet, mouthcoating intensity that continues on and on with nicely integrated tannins. This is a wonderfully textured wine with great acid balance that should give this youthful Pinot Noir life for many years to come.

U.S. suggested retail bottle price -                             $65.00/750 ml


 

2007 Lachini Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains, Oregon

Wine type -         100% Pinot Noir, Estate Vineyard
Release date -    May 16, 2008
Alcohol -            14.2%
pH -                   3.45

Harvest began on September 28th and concluded on October 14rd, 2007. Comprised of 100% Estate Vineyard in the North Willamette Valley. 35%Pommard clone, 45% Dijon clones, 10% clone Wadenswil. Aged for 12 months in 100% French Oak barrels (30% new and 70% one and two year old)

Winemaker: Laurent Montalieu

Intense and profound, the aromas are fragranced with gobs of sweet black cherries and blackberries, ultimately intermingling dusty and subtle forest floor nuances. The nose is rounded out with mocha, white pepper, briar and floral aromas. The Estate’s distinctive personality is marked by the concentrated dark fruits and structure making it the most backward of our 2006 Pinots. Yet it enjoyable now due to the ripe, bold flavors that reveal layers of nuances and freshness from the lovely, balanced acidity. This full-bodied Pinot will reward cellaring due to it’s dense tannins, yet opulence awaits those choosing to enjoy now. It resonates on the palate with a finish lasting 30+ seconds. 5% whole cluster fermentation. Age 3-10+ years.


Total case production (12-bottle case equivalents) - 1540


U.S. suggested retail bottle price - $45.00/750 ml


New Release Fall 2009

The 2008 Lachini Vineyard ‘S’ Pinot Noir, Chehalem Mountains or la Sorella della famiglia (‘sister’ to our Family Estate Pinot Noir) is again crafted by Peter Rosback of Sineann for Lachini Vineyards with 100% Pinot Noir from our Estate vineyard. This is one of the silkier, fruit-forward ‘S’ Pinot Noirs since we began crafting with the 2002 vintage.” Only 325 cases  


Alcohol – 13.8%   |    pH – 3.40   | Harvested October 11October 22, 2008. 50% Dijon clones, 45% Pommard + 5% Waidenswil  from our East, Middle & West Blocks  |  Aged 12 months in 100% French Oak barrels (40% new & 40% one-year old  / 20% two-year old)


The 2008 ‘S’ was harvested roughly one week later than our 2008 Estate Pinot Noir through our various blocks.It offers an enticing nose of black cherry, sandalwood ,incense, smoke and truffles followed by a dense, full-bodied and layered wine. The flavors are savory and sweet with plenty of sliky tannins leading to a long, pure finish.


 
U.S. suggested retail bottle price -                             $45.00/750 ml  


The 2008 Lachini Vineyard ‘Windy Hill Vineyard’ Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast is the new darling to our Pinot Noir portfolio. We couldn’t help ourselves when this fruit presented itself; and we even came back for more with the 2009 growing season. A blend from the Spirit Hill, Vesinos and Northface blocks of approximately 10 year old Dijon & Pinot Noir 13 clones. The soils are sedimentary with varying depths and the rows are planted on both steep and gradual slopes. The Windy Hill vineyard is located in Cotati off Hwy 101 and benefits from the cool evening winds and early morning fog that rolls from the coast just westward. Only 145 cases produced!  

Alcohol – 13.2%   |    pH – 3.58   |   Harvested October 11th, 2008,  50% Dijon clones, 45% Pommard + 5% Waidenswil  from our East, Middle & West Blocks  |  Aged 12 months in 100% French Oak barrels (40% new & 40% one-year old  / 20% two-year old)


The most feminine of our Pinot’s in the 2008 lineup, it reveals a certain elegance and grace in the glass and on the palate. Ruby red, revealing gobs of bing cherry and strawberries along with subtle perfume of rose petal notes, Asian spices, smoke and forest floor. Silky, mouth-coating fruit with velvety texture.

U.S. suggested retail bottle price -                             $35.00/750 ml


The Wine Spectator rated the 2008 California Pinot Noir vintage as the “BEST VINTAGE EVER!” Drink or hold     

 

2007 Lachini Vineyard  Spur, Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, Wa The debut of this spectacular Cabernet Sauvignon from Washington’s Columbia Valley! This heady and rugged Cabernet Sauvignon showcases the essence of the “grand daddy” of all varietals; with the richness and depth blended from Cabernet Franc. The 2007 SPUR is intense, concentrated and very well balanced ~ a result of a great vintage, great vineyards and great winemaking to showcase this inaugural release! We blended Cabernet Sauvignon from multiple vineyards to craft a finished wine that is not only reminiscent of the vintage, but whose beauty and expression are far greater than the sum of it’s parts. The vineyards are both mature (upwards of 30+ year-old vines) and exceptionally managed ~ comprised from 51%  Boushey, 15% Cold Creek and 17% Sagemoor. Spur is polished with 17% Cabernet Franc from the Old Stones vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley. Only 105 cases produced!


Alcohol – 14.7%   |   pH – 3.68   |   Harvested October 3rd- 14th, 2008, Boushey, Cold Creek, Sagemoor and Old Stones, 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc |  Aged 22 months in 100% French Oak barrels (40% new & 60% one-year old)


Dark ruby color, with concentrated fruit and sensational structure. Reveals layers of black fruits & cassis, must, pencil shavings, leather and chocolate with integrated smoky, toasty oak. Balanced acids and high tannins will reward patience while the lush, forward fruit provides near term pleasure. The combination of old vines and varying sites add layers of depth and complexity without compromising the balance. Soars on with a mouth-coating and lengthy finish. The wine will age well and improve over time, yet may be consumed young due to the ripeness of fruit. Age 3–15+ years.

 
U.S. suggested retail bottle price -                       $45.00/750 ml


 

2007 Lachini Vineyards LaContrada, Red Wine, Walla Walla Valley, Wa. The debut of this spectacular Bordeaux-inspired red blend from Washington’s Walla Walla Valley! This polished and hedonistic red wine showcases the essence of one of Washington’s finest growing “districts” (La Contrada in Italian). La Contrada is derived from the Palio; the famed horse race tradition around the Siena’s town square in Italy. Amazingly complex, with exceptional richness and balance; this sophisticated blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Petite Verdot is a testament not only to the region, but the 2007 vintage. It is a combination of both mature and meticulously managed vineyards, who’s beauty and expression are far greater than the sum of its parts.

Alcohol – 14.8%   |   pH – 3.69   |   Harvested October 3rd- 14th, 2008, Seven Hills, Sagemoor, Dwelly Jones & Nostra Terra | 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot | 22% Malbec | 6% Petite Verdot | Aged 22 months in 100% French Oak barrels (40% new & 60% one-year old)

Brick-like color, with concentrated fruit and sensational structure. Bright fruit bursts of dark cherries, currants and pomegranate combined with herbal notes of anise, black licorice and dusty earth. It is naturally reveals a nice balance of acids and integrated tannins that will reward patience while the lush, forward-fruit palate coaxes with near term pleasure. The combination of old vines, varying sites and traditional blended varietals add layers of mid-palate depth and complexity. The finish lingers with noticeable tell-tale tannins which should make for a very age-worthy wine. We can’t help but think it will evolve beautifully over the years. Age 3–15+ years. 


U.S. suggested retail bottle price -                       $45.00/750 ml


 

2008 Lachini Vineyard Pinot Gris, Oregon a blend from multiple clones, multiple vineyards and multiple AVA's throughout Oregon. Stylistically, expresses a depth of fruit with a wonderful bouquet; while retaining acidity and varietal character.

Alcohol – 13.5%   |   pH – 3.41   |   Harvested October 11rd- 30th, 2008, 55% Acadia Vineyard (Columbia Gorge), 45% Winters Hill (Dundee Hills) Aged 6 months in 100% stainless tanks without malolactic fermentation.

The grapes were cooled prior to processing. Whole cluster pressing took place on half of the lots in order to capture the essence and freshness of the fruit. Each lot was fermented separately. Select yeasts were chosen to complement and preserve the fruit components. 

Crisp and appealing it reveals stunning aromas of gingerbread, honey and lemon cake lead to a strikingly intense palate accented by tropical fruits and caramelized apple notes. Subtle stone & flint peeks through. It is once again rich, seductive and full-bodied in style, with a velvety mouth feel of vivacious with creamy flavors intertwining perfectly with the lively acidity .Concludes with a texture of ephemeral qualities and a hint of minerality on the lingering and clean finish. –The high level of ripeness is countered by bright acidity. For a white, it has a remarkably long and lingering finish. 

Winemakers: Aron Hess and Peter Rosback

U.S. suggested retail bottle price -                       $22.00/750 ml


2006 La Bestia, Lachini Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Mountain, Wa. Our inaugural release of this heady Cabernet Sauvignon. We invite you to discover why we've named this wine ‘The Beast’. Arguably one of Washington’s top vineyards, we sourced fruit from Klipsun’s oldest block of Cabernet Sauvignon (planted in 1984). We waited patiently to pick and were among the last to do so. Our patience and good fortune was rewarded by yielding a massive, extracted, high-octane red that we aged in barrel for 24 months! Of note: Andrew Will had fashioned multiple wines from this block that received mid-90’s scores! Our rows are adjacent to those of Quilceda Creek!

Release Date –     May 12, 2008
Alcohol –              14.9%
pH –                    3.78%

Harvested from October 1st through 6th, 2005 Klipsun Vineyard ~ 1984 Cabernet Sauvignon block (22nd leaf)
100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged for 24 months in new 50% new 50% one year old French oak barrels

Winemaker: Laurent Montalieu

Final blending revealed concentrated fruit and sensational structure. Fresh acids and high tannins will reward patience while the lush, forward fruit provides near term pleasure. This is a broodingly dark and spectacularly rich wine that is tightly wound, offering concentration and layers of black fruits and cassis. Finishes with tremendous power and length that will reward cellaring. Age 3–15+ years. 

Total production (12 bottle equivalents) -          120 cases
U.S. suggested retail bottle price -                     $45.00/750 ml


2006 IL Mulinello, Lachini Vineyards Red Wine, Red Mountain, Wa. Our second release of a classic, Bordeaux-inspired red blend. We invite you to ‘Swirl’ and sip this remarkable wine. Arguably one of Washington’s top vineyards, we sourced fruit from Klipsun’s oldest block of Cabernet Sauvignon (planted in 1984) and from the Merlot block planted in 1990. Amongst the last to pick, our patience and good fortune was rewarded by yielding a massive, extracted, high-octane red that we aged in barrel for 24 months!


Release Date –     May 12, 2008
Alcohol –              14.9%
pH –                     3.74%

Harvested on October 6th and 8th, 2005 Klipsun Vineyard ~ 1984 Cabernet Sauvignon block & 1990 Merlot block. Blended with Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot from Ciel du Cheval vineyard |47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. Aged for 24 months in new 50% new 50% one year old French oak barrels

Winemaker: Laurent Montalieu

Dense purple color, with a glorious perfume of carmelized blackberries, blueberries, spice aromas and a hint of saddle leather and toast. This is a massive, yet remarkably elegant Cab/Merlot-inspired wine with a great concentration of flavors and richness. Full-bodied and sensational structure, the fresh acids and ripe, fine grain tannins are nicely interwoven and will reward patience while the lush, forward fruit provides near term pleasure. The finish lasts 30+ seconds! Age 3–15+ years. 

Total production (12 bottle equivalents) –     130 cases
U.S. suggested retail bottle price -                $45.00/750 ml


   | The Wine Spectator Mar ch 2009 rates the 2006 vintage 91 PTS |


THE 2007 ESTATE PACK – LV Estate, ‘S’ & Cuvée Giselle Pinot Noirs ~ $130.00
THE 2006 ESTATE PACK – LV Estate, ‘S’ & Cuvée Giselle Pinot Noirs ~ $170.00  (SOLD OUT!)  (REDUCED from $170. Limited!)

 Consists of 1 bottle each of our 3 Estate Pinot Noirs - a delectable way to experience the uniqueness of each wine and our Estate vineyard blocks.

 

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