2018 Lingua Franca Estate Chardonnay

2018 Lingua Franca Estate Chardonnay

LS Vineyard,
Eola-Amity Hills,
Willamette Valley,

12.5% alcohol

Empty bottle weight: 21.6 ounces // 613 grams

Cork closure 

1000 cases produced

Native yeast

This wine label has artwork created by Tallmadge Doyle, as part of her Celestial Mapping series, and owner Larry Miller thought her art was quite fitting for both his estate Chardonnay and Pinot noir. Since he has a Biodynamic-influenced philosophy for farming his property, much of which is dictated by the direction and location of both the sun and moon, the label art is a good representation of his beliefs.

Here’s a great quote from the Lingua Franca website:

The art is about man exploring his place in nature, in the world, in the universe—to be filled with wonder, but also to map, discover, and create. What do the stars mean, why are they roadmaps for the journey?

Made using two different clones of Chardonnay, one from Burgundy’s Montrachet Vineyard, the grapes were whole-cluster pressed, then barrel fermented with native yeast. Using 40% new 600-liter puncheons and 60% old French oak barriques, the wine went through full malolactic fermentation during the 11 months of aging. After, the wines from each barrel, along with their lees, were combined in stainless steel tank for five more months before bottling.


Tart citrus smells of lemons, lime zest, and lemongrass tickled my nose as I smelled this wine. Notes of wet stone and toasted marshmallows mingled with floral aromas of orange blossoms and honeysuckle flowers in my glass.


This Chardonnay had mouthwateringly tart flavors of both Meyer and regular lemons, along with ripe starfruit and freshly grated white ginger. Lively and spicy, the wine ended in a long, toasted marshmallow finish.

Food pairing suggestions:

Spanakopita // lobster mac and cheese // mushroom risotto

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