Lingua Franca Chardonnay "Sisters" 2015
(Eola Amity Hills, Oregon) - [AG 94] [WE 94] [WS 94] [RP 92+] [JS 91]
Regular price $132.00 Sale price $72.97 Save $59.03
Notes from the Winemaker:
The depth of flavor in the fruit creates a wine that is intense and long. It can seem racy one moment and dense and rich the next, making it lively and multifaceted.
This Chardonnay combines the finest lots of the vintage, from 100% Jory and Nekia soils in the Eola-Amity Hills, Bunker Hill (Salem) and Dundee.
The grapes were picked to maximize freshness and tension in the finished wine. Whole cluster pressed, settled in tank for 24 hours on average, barrel fermented in a combination of 20% new, 600 liter puncheons and 80% old French oak barriques from diverse coopers and left to age for 10 months. Full malolactic fermentation completed in each vessel and then the wines were put back in tank with their lees for 4 months prior to bottling.
Aging: 20% new, 600 liter puncheons and 80% old French oak barriques for 10 months.
Ratings & Reviews94 Points - Antonio Galloni's Vinous
"Limpid yellow-gold. Vibrant, mineral-accented aromas of peach, Anjou pear, melon and Meyer lemon, along with a bright floral overtone. Juicy and densely packed, displaying a deft interplay of richness and vivacity to the citrus and orchard fruit flavors. Picks up smoky lees, honey and iodine nuances with air and shows excellent clarity and back-end lift. The strikingly long, penetrating finish echoes the mineral and citrus fruit notes and betrays no rough edges." - Josh Raynolds (Feb 2018)
94 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"Lingua Franca's Sisters bottling is tight and firm, with buttery apple flavors that suggest partial but not full malolactic fermentation. It was whole cluster pressed and barrel fermented in puncheons, 20% new." - Paul Gregutt (2/1/2018)
94 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"Expressive and elegantly complex, with apple skin and spice aromas and precise flavors of star fruit, lime and mineral that build momentum toward the finish. Drink now through 2019. 330 cases made." â€“ TF (May 31, 2017)
92+ Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2015 Chardonnay Sisters has a very pretty nose of white peach, quince and Meyer lemon with nuances of honey toast, citrus blossom and warm hay. Medium-bodied, itâ€™s very open and giving in the mouth with flavors of quince, tangy lime peel, peach and notes of honey and baked almonds. Itâ€™s got bright acidity and a touch of phenolic texture to carry the very long minerally finish." - Erin Brooks (30th Nov 2018)
91 Points - James Suckling:
"Rich aromas of apples, pears, peaches and pineapple. Hints of yogurt. Full body, creamy texture, medium to high acidity and a fresh and exotic finish. Crisp. Drink now." - (December 15, 2017)