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2015 Longplaytm Rosé of Pinot Noir – “Distortion” – SOLD OUT

lp15distortionroseLimited production – 77 cases produced. No excuses: We made a rosé. We’re surprised at how much we like love it. We picked fruit from a few blocks a week ahead of anything else and pressed it to neutral oak barrels for fermentation, then bottled it in March, about six months after harvest.

It is fresh and lovely, Full bodied, yet never heavy, with wonderful aromatics and of plenty of fruit … but bone dry. It is a rosé that is equally enjoyable with a fine meal or on the veranda while watching the sunset.

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2014 Longplaytm Pinot Noir – “Lia’s Vineyard” – $27

Vinous 90 points

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The 2014 vintage was warmer than usual in the Chehalem Mountains. We didn’t fight the vintage; we embraced it. So our 2014 pinots are richer than the prototypical “Oregon” pinot noir, but when young they still have a level of tension that makes the wine quintessentially Longplay. The wine has a floral nose and an exciting texture that complements most almost any meal. Flavors of raspberry and Bing cherry on the palate.  The finish is bright and refreshing.

Aged in French oak (ten percent new) for ten months before bottling on September 23, 2015. 326 cases produced.

The pleasure and freshness we find in this wine remind us of the fresh sound from some bands in the late ’70s, in the genre that came to be known as “power pop.”

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 2014 Longplay Pinot Noir – “Jory Bench Reserve” –  $38

Vinous 92 points

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Lia’s Vineyard is a series of slopes and benches. Our “Jory Bench Reserve” highlights fruit from own-rooted Pommard and Wädenswil vines growing on a fine bench of Jory soil at the top of the vineyard. We farm these blocks meticulously and the bins were tagged “reserve” when they was picked. The result in 2014 is a rich pinot noir that has a balance that is often only found in pinot noir produced from older vines. The forward cherry/plum fruit on the palate plays against a background of taught oak spice. The texture is a balance between tension and richness and the finish is looooong and lingering.

Aged in French oak (20 percent new) for ten months before bottling on September 12, 2014. 148 cases produced.

This wine reminds us of music our favorite blues-psych music from the late 1960s and early ’70s – rich, plush, and delivering flow and balance from start to finish.

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2014 Longplay Pinot Noir – “Hi Tone” – $45 

Vinous 92 points

 

Limited production – 72 cases produced. In music, the high notes are often the hardest to nail – and less than perfect pitch becomes woefully apparent.lp_hitonepn14_front The same is true of the bright, high tones in pinot noir. With the 2014 vintage, we fermented some fruit from our older vines from a single selection believed to be UCD2A (aka Wädenswil). The result is an elegant wine that we felt merited its own bottling. We hope you’ll agree. The forward berry fruit on the palate is balanced with spicy notes, while nubby tannins add structure and focus. The finish is elegant and persistent. Only bottled in exceptional vintages.

The wine reminds us of our favorite soul music from the 70s:  It transports us to a whole new reality we didn’t know existed.

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2014 Longplay Chardonnay – “Jory Slope” – $32   

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Our Chardonnay is always special and somehow manages to show the best each vintage has to offer. The vines are planted on a steep, south-facing slope which provides excellent exposure helping to ensure optimal ripeness and reins in the vines’ vigor limiting yields while increasing concentration. The 2014 growing season resulted in a lovely wine, light yet rich. The wine has floral notes on the nose and spiciness consistent with previous vintages. On the palate, it has a thirst-quenching stony character. We say this is more of a food Chardonnay than a cocktail party Chardonnay (for a cocktail party or the veranda, look to our 2013 or 2015 vintages). Again, yields were constrained and we only managed to produce sixty seven exceptional cases.

We are reminded of the bossa nova: Subtle, mellow … and seductive.

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2013 Longplaytm Pinot Noir – “Lia’s Vineyard” – $27

Wine Spectator 90 points

Wines from the 2013 vintage show classic pinot noir character, but making the most of the vintage required proactive farming to limit crop and expose fruit, and a site with good airflow and drainage to manage late season rains. We picked a few tons before the big rain, but the wine from lots allowed extra hangtime after the rains were our favorites from the vintage.

Our 2013 Lia’s Vineyard Pinot Noir features fruit from the entire vineyard. The wine has a classic nose and an exciting texture that complements most food. Flavors of crisp cranberry and Bing cherry on the palate. The finish is bright and refreshing.

Aged in French oak (nine percent new) for ten months before bottling on September 12, 2014. 367 cases produced.

This wine’s balance and harmony reminds us of the popular folk bands of the early 70s that accompanied their vocals with chords played with conviction on acoustic guitar.

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2013 Longplay Pinot Noir – “Jory Bench Reserve” –  $38

Vinous 90 pointsWine Advocate 91 points

Lia’s Vineyard is a series of slopes and benches. Our “Jory Bench Reserve” highlights fruit from own-rooted Pommard and Wädenswil vines growing on a fine bench of Jory soil at the top of the vineyard. We tagged this fruit “reserve” when it was picked. Ahead of bottling, we added a small amount from a barrel composed of a co-ferment of Mariafeld and Wadenswil. The Mariafeld added some weight and gave a bit of lift to the mid-palate. The result is a lovely wine that is both elegant yet no shrinking violet. The forward cherry/plum fruit on the palate is balanced with a hint of gaminess and taught oak spice. The texture is a balance between tension and richness.

Aged in French oak (20 percent new) for ten months before bottling on September 12, 2014. 148 cases produced.

This wine reminds us of music from Jam Bands of the early ’70s – unpretentious, solid, and delivering a natural flow and balance from start to finish.

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2013 Longplay Pinot Noir – “Lucky 13” – $42 

Wine Spectator 91 points

LongplayLabels_lucky 13 frontLimited production – 72 cases produced. At Longplay Wine, we ferment our grapes in small lots. Tasting from barrel, I was intrigued by the possibility of combining a texturally exciting lot of 114 clone with a plush lot of Pommard. I selected a few barrels and favored the Pommard only slightly in the final blend. The result is the best of both wines – a rewarding balance of tension and richness – and demonstrates the power of blending while retaining the unique character of our site in the Chehalem Mountains AVA. The wine is called  “Lucky 13” because sometimes you’re good, sometimes you’re lucky, and sometimes you’re a bit of both.

This wine is like a collaboration between two musicians as they explore the depth of their new partner’s talents and discover new and exciting harmonies.

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2013 Longplay Chardonnay – “Jory Slope” – $32   

Our Chardonnay is always special and somehow manages to show the best each vintage has to offer. The vines are planted on a steep, south-facing slope which provides excellent exposure helping to ensure optimal ripeness and reins in the vines’ vigor limiting yields while increasing concentration. The 2013 growing season resulted in a balanced wine with body and natural acidity. The wine delivers weight and spiciness consistent with previous vintages. Hints of tropical flowers on the bouquet. On the palate, pineapple leads with hints of stone fruit. We especially appreciate the length of the finish and the balance of this wine. Our only regret is that yields were so low, limiting production. Forty-four exceptional cases bottled for the lucky few.

We are reminded of a tango: Crisp, spicy … and seductive.

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2012 Longplaytm Pinot Noir – “Lia’s Vineyard” – SOLD OUT

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2012 has been heralded as one of the best vintages in the Willamette Valley’s history. We think it is pretty darn good, but perhaps almost too easy to make a good wine. We love the hard-fought victories, like 2011!

Our 2012 Lia’s Vineyard Pinot Noir features fruit from the entire vineyard. The wine has a nice richness characteristic of the warm vintage, yet remains well-balanced, There is a bramble note on the palate, accompanied by hints of fennel and lavender. The finish is long, lingering and generous – with just a touch of grip.

Aged in French oak (none new) for ten months before bottling on September 23, 2013. 312 cases produced.

The wine reminds us of our favorite 90s grunge rock: a bit belligerent, loud and moody, yet melodic and richly textured.

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2012 Longplay Pinot Noir – “Jory Bench Reserve” –  $38

Vinous 91 points, Wine Advocate 91 points

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Block 1, my favorite block of Pommard selection (55 percent), and Blocks 4 & 5, some old Wadenswil selection (45 percent), comprise the entirety of this bottling, making this the first time our “Jory Bench Reserve” has been 100 percent from the Jory Bench (in the past we’ve typically added a few gallons from another corner of the vineyard). We included two new oak barrels out of the eight (25 percent), which is a bit higher than our usual, but in a warm vintage like 2012 the oak integrates nicely. The wine is surprisingly elegant, with rich notes of licorice and baking spices layered over a core of berry and plum.

192 cases produced.

Aged in French oak (25 percent new) for ten months before bottling on September 23, 2013. The wine’s richness and density remind us of rock songs from the late 70s – when the lead guitar and rhythm guitar would lay down some layered chords and melody to bring an exciting harmony to the music.

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2012 Longplay Pinot Noir – “Experience” – SOLD OUT

Vinous 92 points, Wine Spectator 91 points

Limited production – 69 cases produced. Sometimes you need to experience something to believe it is possible. When we racked the 2012 vintage from tanks to barrel after fermentation, we had half a barrel of 115 and half a barrel of Mariafeld that we combined to complete a barrel. The result was something unexpected – and we wanted to share this experience with our favorite customers. So we chose the best barrel of the 115 and Mariafeld and combined them with the blended barrel et voila! an exciting wine that is packed with delicious flavor. There is a wonderful cherry core from the 115 clone plus an exciting textural element from the more tannic Mariafeld. This wine was produced only in the 2012 vintage.

The wine reminds us of the great rock of the late 60s and early 70s – it combines some funk with rock ‘n’ roll to arrive at the best of all worlds.

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2012 Longplay Chardonnay – “Jory Slope”  – SOLD OUT 

In 2012 we picked up a few barrels from a friend providing us second- and third-fill barrels for elevage. This gentle hint of oak on the full-bodied wine will have you questioning your geography – this bottle is reminiscent of some of the world’s great Chardonnay’s … yet at a fraction of the price. We kept the wine cool in barrel and there was no malolactic fermentation, so the wine retains a natural, crisp acidity. We brought in just 0.8 tons per acre in 2012. Forty-nine exceptional cases bottled for the lucky few.

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2011 Longplaytm Pinot Noir – “Lia’s Vineyard” – $27

Tanzer 90 points, Wine Advocate 90 points

LP11PN-front2011 has been dubbed the “miracle vintage” by some because it looked like it was going to be a total bust well into October. We had a late start and progress toward ripeness remained late. There was a lot of dark humor in the vines and on the crush pads as we pondered our collective fate. But then the vintage was saved by a warm, dry October. We finished picking our pinot noir on November 1st – about two weeks later than normal. Our vineyard manager, Javier Marin, and his crew did a lot of work in the vineyard to achieve a crop that was cleaner, riper and smaller than most. 2011 also marked our first vintage with Jay Somers as our winemaker as we moved into his facility which is less than half a mile southeast of Lia’s Vineyard.

2011 was the third leaf for our 2009 plantings and they produced a small crop which we included in this bottling. One advantage to young vines is they tend to ripen earlier, which was a real bonus in a cool year like 2011. We also included a bit of Mariafeld, Wadenswil and a splash of Pommard selection to add focus and texture.

Aged in French oak (none new) for ten months before bottling on October 5, 2012. 268 cases produced.

The wine reminds of us our favorite Motown recordings: A nice beat with bright and lively notes complementing a tasty melody.

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2011 Longplay Pinot Noir – “Jory Bench Reserve” –  $38

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Tanzer 92 points, Wine Advocate 91 points, Portland Monthly “Oregon’s 50 Best Wines”

Block 1, my favorite block of Pommard selection, and Block 5, a six-row block of old Wadenswil selection, make up the bulk of this bottling. We added a few gallons of Mariafeld/Pommard blend that had been in barrel together ahead of bottling to give a bit more complexity. This wine is surprisingly similar to the 2010 JBR despite the different growing seasons and change of winemakers. This is one of our best wines … so far.

154 cases produced.

Aged in French oak (16 percent new) for ten months before bottling on October 5, 2012. The wine’s depth and layered complexity remind us of our favorite albums that we listen to again and again.

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2011 Longplay Pinot Noir – “Hi-Tone” – SOLD OUT

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Tanzer 92 points

Limited production – 72 cases produced. In music, the high notes are often the hardest to nail – and less than perfect pitch becomes woefully apparent. The same is true of the bright, high tones in pinot noir. With the 2011 vintage, we fermented some fruit from our older vines from a single selection believed to be UCD2A (aka Wädenswil). The result is an elegant wine that we felt merited its own bottling. We hope you’ll agree. The forward berry fruit on the palate is balanced with spicy notes, while nubby tannins add structure and focus. The finish is elegant and persistent. Only bottled in exceptional vintages.

The wine reminds us of our favorite soul music from the 70s:  It transports us to a whole new reality we didn’t know existed.

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2011 Longplay Chardonnay – “Jory Slope” – SOLD OUT

LP11Chard-frontLia’s Vineyard has two and a quarter acres of Chardonnay. This is “shot Wente,” which produces very tiny crops of most excellent Chardonnay. To our understanding there are only 10 acres of Wente selection remaining in the North Willamette Valley. We think this is a shame, because when it is planted in the right site and it is cropped to uncomfortably low yields it produces a wine that pleases most everybody – both self-proclaimed lovers and haters of Chardonnay. We harvested on November 2, 2011, and brought in about 1 ton per acre. The fruit was pressed, then fermented in neutral oak barrels where it remained until bottling in March 2013. 72 exceptional cases made for the lucky few.

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2010 Longplaytm Pinot Noir – “Lia’s Vineyard” – SOLD OUT

LP2010_label-pn_fWine  Spectator 91 points

The 2010 vintage started late and never really caught up. Consistent with previous bottlings, our Lia’s Vineyard Pinot Noir highlights fruit from our 115 clone which always has a wonderful pie cherry flavor and distinctive floral nose. Aclassic nose, with aromas of rose petals, redcurrant and cranberry,  On the palate the bright fruit leads, accompanied by mint and hard candy notes. The finish is clean and thirst quenching with a pleasant hint of grip.

Aged in French oak (24 percent new) for nine months before bottling on September 21, 2011. 378 cases produced.

The wine reminds of us our favorite 60s rock: Bright and lively with a freshness that is found only in things that aren’t over-produced.

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2010 Longplay Pinot Noir – “Jory Bench Reserve” – SOLD OUT

LP2010_label-rsv_fWine  Spectator 92 points

Just a few cases remain in stock!

Lia’s Vineyard is a series of slopes and benches. Our “Jory Bench Reserve” highlights fruit from own-rooted Pommard and Wädenswil vines growing on a fine bench of Jory soil at the top of the vineyard. In this cool vintage, we co-fermented our Mariafeld with some of the fruit from the Jory Bench. We liked the result and that lot makes up the majority of this bottling. To brighten things up a bit, we included part of our favorite barrel of 115 clone. The result is a sophisticated wine with depth and intense aromatics. The forward berry/cherry fruit on the palate is balanced with notes of licorice and chocolate, while tannins add structure and focus. The rich finish clings and lingers.

The wine reminds us classic LPs from the mid-70s:  It is all about the flow and context.

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2010 Longplay Chardonnay – “Jory Slope” – SOLD OUT

LP2010_label-chard_fOur 2010 Chardonnay was exceptional. At first the acids dominated and it seemed a bit too bright for some, but after about 10 months in the bottle it began to really shine, then it became a wonderfully balanced wine: both crisp and weighty. We harvested on October 20, 2010, and brought in about 1 ton per acre. The fruit was pressed, then for the most part fermented in neutral oak barrels where it remained until bottling in March 2012. Sixy-five exceptional cases made for the lucky few.

This wine is a bit like a classic bossa nova: Elegant and light on its feet, but with a spicy, earthy beat that makes us want to dance.

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2009 Longplaytm Pinot Noir – “Lia’s Vineyard” – SOLD OUT

LP09PN-frontWine Spectator 92 points

The 2009 vintage was marked by significant swings in temperature throughout the growing season. A late-September heat-wave led to somewhat higher than optimal sugar levels while we waited for the flavors to develop. Dry weather throughout the picking window meant we had the luxury of choosing our harvest dates based on flavors rather than the meteorological forecast. The fruit was picked RIPE with exuberant cherry pie and plum flavors. Yields were roughly on plan at 1.8 tons per acre. In the cellar we worked to preserve the fruit notes while extracting ripe tannins with two week cold soaks and gentle handling. This bottling again highlights the bright fruit of our Dijon 115 clone (54 percent), with some Wädenswil (19 percent), Mariafeld (13 percent), Pommard (11 percent) and 667 (3 percent). The ripe fruit gives a hint of candied plum in addition to our site’s characteristic bright pie cherry flavors. Gingerbread spice and herbes de Provence on the nose and a hint of grip on the finish. Aged in French oak for nine months before bottling on September 15, 2010. 578 cases produced.

The wine reminds of us our favorite late 70s rock: That period was all about the lead guitar, and this vintage is all about the fruit

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2009 Longplay Pinot Noir – “Jory Bench Reserve” – SOLD OUT

LP09Rsv-frontLia’s Vineyard is a series of slopes and benches. Our “Jory Bench Reserve” highlights fruit from own-rooted Pommard and Wädenswil vines growing on a fine bench of Jory soil at the top of the vineyard. We picked these blocks on October 16th — and the fruit was delicious. To add a bit more character, we incorporated some 115, Mariafeld and Pommard that we had picked on October 9th. A two week cold soak was followed by spontaneous fermentation in jacketed stainless steel tanks. After nine months on French oak (20 percent new) the wine was bottled on September 15, 2010. The result is an elegant wine with intense aromatics and floral notes on the nose. Savory elements balance the forward berry/cherry fruit on the palate while tannins add structure and focus. The rich finish is long and lingering. 212 Cases produced.

The wine reminds us our favorite late-’60s rock:  It challenges our perceptions and rewards our senses.

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2009 Longplay Chardonnay – “Jory Slope” – SOLD OUT

LP09Chard-frontWine Spectator 92 points

Our 2009 “Jory Slope” is named for the upper-block of our Chardonnay which is planted in well-drained Jory soil. We think this soil and its steep, south-facing aspect contribute to the wonderful spicy notes that characterize our Chardonay. We harvested on October 21, 2009, and brought in about 1.4 tons per acre. The fruit was pressed, then for the most part fermented in neutral oak barrels (we also used a couple stainless barrels) where it remained for 15 months. 2009 was a warm vintage and the wine shows the richness of the growing season. When it came time to bottle the wine, we had a few barrels that didn’t meet our exacting quality standards and we bulked them out to another winery. We kept the best barrels and bottled 115 cases in February 2011.

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2008 Longplaytm Pinot Noir – “Lia’s Vineyard” – SOLD OUT

LP08PN-frontWine  Spectator 91 points, Wine Enthusiast “Editor’s Choice” 91 points

The 2008 vintage was marked by a late start and a late finish. A compressed growing season contributed to smaller cluster sizes and yields that would obliterate any reasonable business plan. Fortunately for you (but not so much for us), we’ve never really been fond of business plans – we just do our best to grow great wine. This bottling again highlights the bright fruit of our Dijon 115 clone (55 percent), with some Wädenswil (20 percent), Pommard (15 percent) and Mariafeld (10 percent) adding a bit of complexity to the wine. The ripe fruit gives a hint of bramble and blackberry in addition to our site’s characteristic bright pie cherry flavors. Despite the deep color, the wine is quite delicate, yet it has a playful edginess that we appreciate. The fruit was harvested on October 15 and 27, 2008, with an average brix at harvest of 24.1. After fermentation, the wine was aged in small oak barrels for 10 months before bottling on September 23, 2009.

The wine reminds of us our favorite jazz: An upbeat tempo, textured high notes, and a rich depth that brings a smile to our face. This is perhaps the best wine we will ever make, and maybe the best wine anybody will ever make …. <sigh>

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2008 Longplay Pinot Noir – “Jory Bench Reserve” – SOLD OUT

LP08-Rsv-frontWine Enthusiast 93 points

For the 2008 vintage we added a one-acre block of Pommard clone that we felt had potential to make a solid “reserve” quality wine combined with our favorite half acre of Wädenswil and some 115 from the lower blocks. We farmed these blocks differently, with lower yields and added attention. In the barrel room, four barrels really stood out as just showing the potential to develop into a world-class pinot noir. While we aren’t big fans of privilege and exclusivity, we decided to bottle these barrels separately as a limited quantity reserve. The result is an earthy wine with hints of tar complementing our characteristic cherry flavors and mouth-watering acidity. The fruit is 25 percent Pommard, 25 percent Wädenswil, 40 percent 115 and 10 percent Mariafeld. Harvest was October 15 and 27, 2008, with an average brix at harvest of 24.1. After fermentation, the wine was aged in small oak barrels for 10 months before bottling on September 23, 2009.

The wine reminds us our favorite soul music:  It makes us want to stop whatever we’re doing and just savor the moment.

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2008 Longplay Chardonnay – “Jory Slope” – SOLD OUT

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Our 2008 Chardonnay shows the unique density of fruit characteristic of the vintage. While not a “heavy” wine, there is a depth and concentration to the flavors that gives this wine more heft than other Chardonnays – especially considering the 13.5 percent alcohol. The bright acidity is complemented by subtle minerality and a pleasant earthiness. Nose of star fruit and Asian spice. Tropical fruit on the palate accompanied by rich mouth feel. It is a pure expression of the 2008 vintage from our vineyard. The finish is crisp yet lingering.
We harvested on October 27, 2008, and brought in about 1.1 tons per acre. The clusters were gently pressed, the juice settled overnight,  Then we fermented in neutral oak barrels where the wine remained for 18 months. We bottled in May 2010. 111 cases produced.

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2007 Longplay Pinot Noir – “Lia’s Vineyard” – $20

lp07pnlabelFor our inaugural vintage, we selected a handful of blocks with several clones: Dijon 115 (50 percent) Wädenswil (25 percent), Mariafeld (13 percent) and Pommard (12 percent). We love the brightness of our 115, and the meatiness of the Mariafeld combines well with the plush Pommard and spicy Wädenswil. All fruit was harvested on October 11, 2007, with an average brix at harvest of 23.1. After fermentation, the wine was very lightly pressed then aged in small oak barrels (20 percent new) for 10 months before bottling on August 26, 2008.

Our 2007 pinot noir has evolved in the bottle as secondary flavors – pencil lead, coffee, earth – have become more pronounced and the primary bright fruit has become more muted…

Flavors of coffee, butterscotch and dried cherry. Some bright acidity and light weight. A drinkable wine that grows on us. The wine reminds us of classic jazz: Focused, delicate and intriguingly complex, but maybe a bit challenging for some.

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2007 Longplay Chardonnay – “Jory Slope” – SOLD OUT

LP_Chard_label_shotWine Enthusiast “Editor’s Choice” 91 points

Our 2007 Chardonnay demonstrates just how sunny and warm a steep south-facing slope can be. This wine is exquisitely light on its feet while retaining a depth and concentration that gives the wine a full body. Pepper, spice, and hazelnuts and delicious fruit all swirled into an exceptional wine. 63 cases produced.

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