Lingua Franca

Lingua Franca The Plow Pinot Noir

US, Oregon


Lingua Franca The Plow Pinot Noir

Widely respected as one of the top Burgundian winemakers, Dominique Lafon and Larry Stone, with winemaking protégé Thomas Savre, crafted this expressive wine harnessing the unique terroir of Oregon. Grown following organic and biodynamic principles the result is Pinot of purity and elegance. Would best suit poultry, veal or partridge.

WBSS24 Lingua Franca The Plow Pinot Noir 2021

Larry Stone's Vision

After 35 years of observing the Eola-Amity Hills and co-creating a highly regarded winery there with Dominique Lafon, Master Sommelier Larry Stone purchased what he considered to be the finest site outside of Burgundy, a terroir capable of growing complex and vibrant Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in the New World.

A Collaborative Winemaking Journey

Though Larry intended to remain a farmer, Dominique Lafon wanted to work with him and produce what both realized could become a benchmark for the entire region and ultimately for a global market. When the land was cleared, Larry saw gravels in the upper blocks on the north side, where he intuited some special flavors may grow and produce a harmonious, aromatic wine of elegance and complexity.

The Birth of The Plow

He planted massale cuttings of PN777 from vines in the Russian River, which have created The Plow every year since the first harvest. In 2018, respected vineyard soil authority Pedro Parra named Lingua Franca Estate Vineyard (Larry Stone Vineyard) one of the top two sites in the region and offered to buy the first fruit from that very same block. Pedro's client was willing to pay nearly triple the Willamette Valley average for fruit from an established vineyard for the very first fruit from block 1 at LSV.



Highly intense nose; pure red fruit flavours including wild strawberry, sour red cherry, plum and rose. Earthy character with secondary notes of toast coming from subtle oak. Well integrated, dry, clean palate, refreshing acidity, moderate, silky tannins, delicate mid-palate texture, rich flavour intensity favouring ripe red fruit and a long finish.


This elegant red will best suit lighter meat dishes; poultry, veal, veal sweetbreads or partridge would all work well.


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