100% Pinot Noir
    Willamette Valley
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Josh Raynolds of Vinous: I’m betting that Lavinea will, in short order, be widely considered among Oregon’s elite producers.

A native of Quebec, Isabelle studied winemaking and viticulture at the University of Dijon and in New Zealand at Lincoln University before cutting her winemaking teeth in Burgundy, under the watch of fellow French-Canadian Pascal Marchand at Domaine de la Vougeraie, and at New Zealand’s Felton Road, with Blair Walter.
Marchand recommended her to Dominique Lafon to oversee winemaking at his then-new Oregon consulting project, Evening Land, in 2007.

Isabelle quickly became of one of Oregon’s most acclaimed winemakers. Her wines were selected for the Wine Spectator Top 100 wines of the Year from 2009 through 2015, including producing the highest rated Oregon Pinot Noir and highest rated Oregon Chardonnay ever, culminating in WS recognizing her 2012 ‘La Source’ Pinot Noir as the #3 wine in the world in 2015. Recognition for her wines has continued with the inaugural release of Lavinea’s 2014 vintage.

93pts Vinous: Brilliant red. Vibrant, mineral- and spice-tinged aromas of ripe red berries, candied rose and blood orange gain an exotic twist from a hint of incense. Shows outstanding clarity and depth, offering sappy raspberry, spicecake and floral pastille flavors underscored by a vein of juicy acidity. Finishes impressively long and sweet, delivering silky, harmonious tannins and emphatic, floral-driven persistence. This wine's blend of richness and vivacity is really compelling.

92pts Wine Enthusiast: Winemaker Isabelle Meunier (ex-Evening Land) has carefully selected a handful of sites for her first release of single-vineyard wines under this new label. This is perhaps the most elegant, with excepMonal texture, color and overall finesse. Fruits are delicate and detailed, showing watermelon, salmonberry, strawberry and a bit of spice. The 30% new French oak aging adds a gentle kiss of cocoa. Drink now to 2030 and beyond.

91pts Wine Advocate:  It has plenty of dark cherry and blueberry fruit on the nose. It thankfully avoids any blowsiness, maintaining commendable delineation, not a complex bouquet, but quite punchy. The palate is medium-bodied with well-judged acidity, nicely balanced with black cherries, kirsch, cassis and a tangy marmalade note. I appreciate the freshness and vitality here, a Pinot Noir with joie-de-vivre; it is one of those bottles that you will polish off sooner than you think. For sure, there is just a slight tinniness that gets in the way, but otherwise, this comes recommended - another delicious and well-crafted wine from the hands of Isabelle Meunier.