2014 Lavinea Pinot Noir Lazy River Vineyard

Year: 2014
Appellation: Yamhill-Carlton, Willamette Valley
Country: USA-Oregon
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 92
Vinous Media: 93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.1%
Price :

"Supple, open-textured and focused, with powdery tannins underlying the cherry and black tea flavors, picking up stony notes as the finish rolls on. Has presence and impressive length. Best from 2017 through 2024. 225 cases made. –HS " (WS)

"The 2014 Lazy River Vineyard Pinot Noir comes from Jory volcanic soils from vines planted in 2001. Matured in 30% new French oak, it has a rounded, quite sensual bouquet that offers black cherries mixed with blueberry, briary and subtle undergrowth scents that develop more and more delineation as it opens in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannins. Edgy, structured and with some lovely sour cherry fruit, this is one of my picks from Lavinea in 2015, especially thanks to the generous sprinkling of white pepper on the aftertaste. This delicious Pinot Noir comes highly recommended." (WA)

"Vivid red. A highly perfumed and complex bouquet evokes red fruit preserves, potpourri and star anise, along with a smoky mineral overtone. Palate-staining raspberry, cherry and rose pastille flavors show impressive depth, and zesty acidity and a jolt of blood orange provide lift and vivacity. The floral note builds steadily with air and carries through an impressively long, sappy finish that shows no rough edges. The marriage of power to elegance here is quite impressive." (VM)

Winery Notes:
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.