AVNI Pinot Noir reflects the complex flavor profile of Eola-Amity Hills fruit, born of rocky, volcanic soils on the hillside vineyards of the Willamette Valley. The wine is medium bodied but offers surprising depth and structure. Floral, smoky, mineral and red cherry, black plum fruit tones meld into a long silky finish. Situated in the Eola-Amity Hills, the LS Vineyard was among the most coveted sites in the region before Larry Stone purchased the property in 2012 and planted it to 85% pinot noir and 15% chardonnay. Stone would then form a dream team of sorts, with the addition of consulting winemaker Dominique Lafon – of Domaine des Comte Lafon fame – and estate winemaker Thomas Savre – who cut his teeth at Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, Domaine Dujac, and Maison Nicolas Potel. Lingua Franca–which translates to “honest tongue”–is inspired by a desire for transparency in winemaking and purity in the vineyard, where the site is allowed to speak for itself. Stone and his team dry farm organically with biodynamic practices influencing much of their work. This respect for the land and what it produces is the function of the team’s stated purpose to create wines of freshness, tension and complexity.