September 29, 2015

Vineyard: Lachini Estate

OwnersMarianne Lachini, Ron Lachini
AppellationChehalem Mountains
Dates Planted1999, 2000-2003, 2007, 2010
Acres45; 29.5 Pinot Noir, 1.5 Chardonnay, 8 rows Muscat Canelli
Location30 miles southwest of Portland in the foothills of Newberg.
Aspect300-450 feet elevation, south-facing.
SoilsWillakenzie series 18 to 48 inches in depth.
VarietiesChardonnay, Muscat Canelli, Pinot Noir
Clones113, 114, 115, 667, 76, 777, 828, 95, Pommard, Wädenswil
Rootstock101-14, 3309
Trellis Spacing4' x 6', VSP
ManagersEzequiel Arcos

Wineries sourcing from this vineyard

Reviewed wines produced from this vineyard

2013 Lachini Vineyards Lachini Family Estate Chehalem Mountains Oregon Pinot Noir

13.3% alc., pH 3.55, TA 0.73, 1,564 cases, $50. The winery’s signature blend of multiple clones including 667, 777, 113, 114, 115, Wädenswil and Pommard. Aged 17 months in 100% French oak barrels, 25% new and 75% 1 and 2-year-old. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. A classic Oregon wine in character with fresh aromas of cherry, cranberry and herbs in a forward-drinking style that aims to please. Mid weight flavors of wild strawberry, cranberry and cherry are accented by notes of savory herbs. Nicely balanced with a compliment of chocolaty oak in the background, modest fine-grain tannins, and some noticeable length on the sweet scented finish. Score: 92. Reviewed September 3, 2015 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 Lachini Vineyards Cuvée Giselle Chehalem Mountains Oregon Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., pH 3.68, TA 0.545, 328 cases, $72. This is a selection of the finest 13 barrels from the Estate Vineyard East, Middle and West blocks. Yields averaged 2.6 tons per acre. 40% Dijon clones, 30% Pommard clone, and 15% Wädenswil clone with a small amount of “suitcase clone.” Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Enchanting perfume of wild, dark berries, cherry pie glaze, spices and a hint of white pepper. A stunning wine in every respect, with a well-ripened core of black cherry and dark berry fruits. Very juicy and vivid with structured fine-grain tannins adding support along with a compliment of tasty oak. A very intriguing wine that exhibits wonderful harmony. When tasted later in the day from a previously opened bottle, I couldn’t get enough of this joyous juice. WOW! Score: 95. Reviewed September 3, 2015 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2012 Lachini Vineyards PRIMA Lachini Estate Vineyard Chehalem Mountains Oregon Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., pH 3.55, TA 0.72, 75 cases, $100. Second vintage of this ultra premium Pinot Noir which represents the finest expression of the Estate Vineyard’s terroir. This wine is only crafted in worthy vintages. 3 barrels: 1 of Dijon 115, 1 of Dijon 114, and 1 of Pommard. Aged nearly 18 months. The abbreviated crest on the special label indicates a dedication to the owners family’s heritage. The name PRIMA means “FIRST” or “BEST.” · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. The aromas leap from the glass showing zeal and purpose with scents of marionberry, blackberry, cassis, tobacco and Prada leather coat. Still a bit brooding and mysterious, but highly seductive, with a mid weight plus core of luscious and juicy purple and black fruits. The fruit seems to burst on the mid palate, filling the mouth with goodness. The wine’s tannins are well matched to the fruit load, and the resulting overall harmony is impressive. One feature that really stands out is the suave and velvety mouthfeel. When tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle, the wine had become more open and expressive. Keep this beauty in the cellar for another year or two at least for full enjoyment. Score: 93-94. Reviewed September 3, 2015 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2010 Lachini Vineyards Lachini Family Estate Chehalem Mountains Oregon Pinot Noir

13.3% alc., pH 3.54, TA 0.731,285 cases, $50, Magnums $115. Multiple clones (667, 777, 113, 114, 115, 2A and suitcase selection) from estate vineyard blocks. Aged 17 months in 26% new and 74% 1 and 2-year-old French oak barrels. Winemakers Mike Primozich and Ron Lachini. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Fragrant with aromas of Bing cherries, blueberries, pomegranates, savory herbs and conifer forest. Light and somewhat lean, but flavorful, offering tastes of red cherries and cranberries framed by supple tannins and bright acidity. This wine offers plenty of finesse for easy drinking, and finishes with a tangy burst of cherry fruit. Very Oregon in style and a good reflection of the vintage. Score: 90. Reviewed September 29, 2013 WINERY » ARTICLE »