2021 Lingua Franca 'The Plow' Pinot Noir Willamette Valley


The fruit for The Plow 2021 comes from the three upper blocks with a special massale selection of PN777 on Gelderman-Jory soils, with a layer of large gravels that impart extra energy to the vines and create more complex flavors. Wines grown here are the most balanced and intriguing of our estate, with floral notes, minerality, freshness, round tannins, and length. In 2021 this translated into a terroir-driven layered wine, with aromatic complexity. Because the wines were more structured this year, around 7% of the cuvée came from PN115 which smoothed out the tannins. The color is medium intense, ruby with an aroma of cedar, rose, morel and porcini mushroom, black currant, vanilla, and graphite. The palate reveals both black and red cherry, cinnamon, vanilla, black tea and plums.

Pinot Noir
Thomas Savre and Dominique Lafon
12 months
Oak Treatment:
25% new and 75% neutral French oak barriques
Willamette Valley
Eola-Amity Hills
Total Varietal Composition %:
100% Pinot Noir
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750 ml Bottle

Jeb Dunnuck

Refreshing and long on the palate, the 2021 Pinot Noir The Plow pours a medium ruby hue and is expressive but needs time. It has a touch of reduction and would benefit from a decant if opening young. It opens to reveal a beautiful, elegant perfume of rosewater, tangerine, grenadine, and graphite, followed by a pure, medium-bodied red with outstanding energy and a weightless feel while retaining a wonderful tannin structure that will feel angular at first to some. It’s long on the palate and is deceiving, as it’s such a pleasure to taste now.


Wine Spectator

Elegant yet brooding at the core, with bright cherry, crushed stone, mushroom and black tea flavors that gather intensity and tension toward medium-grained tannins.