VOLUME 9, ISSUE 43
July 19, 2014
A new label begun by grower Todd Hansen who owns the 50-acre Lia's Vineyard, formerly part of Rex Hill's Jacob-Hart Vineyard. The original plantings dating to 1990 and 1993 are all own-rooted and the vineyard is dry farmed. There are five clones: 115, 667, Pommard, Wadenswil and Mariafeld. Some grapes are sold to Penner-Ash and Bergstöm and some are kept for Hansen's own label. The initial Pinot Noir and Chardonnay releases were in 2007. The winemaker is Aron Hess who crafts the wines at the custom-crush 12th and Maple facility.
Hansen developed a passion for wine while serving in the American diplomatic corps in France, Chile and South Africa.
I am partial to the name and label which sports an LP and tone arm since I am a collector of 50s and 60s Doo-Wop and R&R records. The label suggests the goal of making "analog wine in a digital world."
The wines are sold through vinoshipper.com.
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2010 Longplay Lia’s Vineyard Chehalem Mountains Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
13.0% alc., $20. Todd Hansen is the grower and Aaron Hess is the winemaker. · Light garnet color in the glass. Scent of cherries and faint oak, picking up intensity and desirability over time in the glass. Light and elegant, with tasty cherry fruit flavor accented with a hint of spice and oak. Very delicate, with gossamer tannins, but delivers some solid flavor. Good. Reviewed September 12, 2012 ARTICLE »
2009 Longplay Jory Bench Reserve Lia’s Vineyard Chehalem Mountains Oregon Pinot Noir
14.3% alc., $25. Todd Hanson grower and Aron Hess winemaker. · Light reddish-purple color and slightly cloudy in the glass. Faint aromas of red fruits with noticeable oak toast. Fruity, smoky and savory in a lighter style featuring flavors of earth-kissed red cherries and berries. A very gentle wine that is of interest for its pinotosity and drink ability but doesn’t deliver enough flavor. Good (+). Reviewed January 12, 2012 ARTICLE »
2008 Longplay “Jory Slope” Lia’s Vineyard Chehalem Mountains Willamette Valley Chardonnay
14.5% alc., pH 3.69, 63 cases, $24. 17-year-old vines. Aged 16 months on the lees in neutral oak. Low-yielding own-rooted Wente clone. · Lovely array of scents including apple pie, white peach, dried mango and marzipan. Very tasty green apple, white stone fruit and citrus core with an appealing hint of yeast. Pleasantly creamy and finishing with a spark of acidity. Proof positive that Wente clone can produce high quality Chardonnay in the Willamette Valley. Very good. Reviewed August 7, 2010 ARTICLE »
2008 Longplay Lia’s Vineyard Chehalem Mountains Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
13.5% alc., pH 3.95, 287 cases, $24. 55% Dijon 115, 20% Wädenswil, and 10% Mariafeld clones. Indigenous yeast fermentation. Aged in 10% new French oak barrels for 10 months. · Darker fruited scents with a floral note and an underlying roasted coffee aroma. Moderately rich essence of black cherries with a fine grain texture and a dry finish. Simple and easy to drink. Good. Reviewed August 7, 2010 ARTICLE »
2008 Longplay “Jory Bench Reserve” Lia’s Vineyard Chehalem Mountains Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
13.5% alc., pH 3.95, 287 cases, $30. Four barrels in the cellar stood out composed of 25% Pommard, 25% Wädenswil, 40% Dijon 115, and 10% Mariafeld clones. Aged in 20% new and 80% seasoned French oak barrels for 10 months. · Demure fruit on the nose with a roasted coffee, toasty bent. Earth-kissed dark fruits with tar and coffee mocha notes. Still tight and significantly better the next day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle showing tasty black cherry essence with a subtle toasty oak tone. Definitely worth revisiting with another year or two in bottle. Good (+). Reviewed August 7, 2010 ARTICLE »
2007 Longplay Lia’s Vineyard Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir
13.0% alc., 420 cases, $28. Inaugural release from the 25-acre Lia’s Vineyard which is composed of five Pinot Noir clones (115, 667, Pommard, Wädenswil and Mariafeld) planted in Jory soil from 1990 to 2002. Lia’s Vineyard was originally part of Rex Hill’s Jacob-Hart Vineyard. The older vines are own rooted. The vines are spaced at 5 x 9 with VSP trellising and are non-irrigated. This wine is 50% Dijon clones. The grower is Todd Hansen and winemaker is Aron Hess (formerly Rex Hill, now Daedalus Cellars and Anam Cara Cellars). · Light crimson in color. A demure wine that is red fruit driven with an appealing accent of oak spice and minerality. Picked at an average brix of 23 at harvest, this wine is understandably light in weight with a good acid spine. Will appeal to Pinot purists. Reviewed December 17, 2008 ARTICLE »
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