Lachini Vineyards

Owner(s) Marianne Lachini, Ron Lachini
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A boutique family-run winery focused on Pinot Noir. Lachini Vineyards began producing single vineyard Pinot Noir from the 45-acre estate vineyard in 2001. The estate vineyard has three distinct blocks by varying soil depths and clones (East-Pommard, Upper & Lower Middle-Dijon, and West - 828, 667, Wädenswil).

The winemaker is renowned talent Laurent Montalieu and the viticulturist is Ezequiel Arcos. Production is about 4,000 cases annually of estate grown Pinot Noir (Cuvee Giselle, Family Estate and 'S'), vineyard-designated Pinot Noirs (Keller Vineyard and Windy Hill Vineyard in Sonoma Coast, Ana Vineyard in Dundee Hills), Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Washington state Cabernet Sauvignon.

Reviewed Wines

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 ARTICLE »

2013 Lachini Vineyards La Cruz Vineyard Sonoma Coast California Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., pH 3.65, TA 0.60, 288 cases, $55. 40% 115, 40% Pommard, 10% 114 and 10% 123. Grapes were hauled in a refrigerated truck for the long trip back to Oregon. 80% de-stemmed, 7 and 14-day cold soak in separate fermenters, native yeast fermentations. Aged 14 months in 100% French oak barrels, 33% new 33% 1-year-old, and 33% 2-yearold. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. A plethora of black cherry and dark berry aromas and flavors are featured in this middleweight wine that is not as vibrant as the 2013 Estate bottling, but has more sappy fruit concentration. The tannins are modest, the texture is cozy, and the nutty oak in the background adds interest. A rare example of California grapes vinified by an Oregon winery. Score: 91. Reviewed September 3, 2015 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 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 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 ARTICLE »

2008 Lachini Vineyards Family Estate Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir

13.8% alc., $45. · Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Restrained aromas of red and dark fruits with a noticeable oak driven coffee scent. Much more giving on the palate with a delicious medium weight array of layered dark Pinot fruits underlain with generous oak highlights and unresolved tannins. Despite its impressive concentration, there is admirable finesse carrying over to the silky smooth finish. Very good. Reviewed March 12, 2011 ARTICLE »

2007 Lachini Vineyards Cuvée Giselle Chehalem Mountain Pinot Noir

14.1% alc.. · This wine has impressive richness of fruit for the 2007 vintage in Oregon but oak dominates the aromas and flavors. Decent. Reviewed April 8, 2010 ARTICLE »

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