Larry Stone to debut Oregon wine this year

9th April, 2015 by Lucy Shaw

Master Sommelier Larry Stone is to open his own winery in Oregon’s Willamette Valley and will bottle his first wines this year under the label “Lingua Franca”.

As reported by Wine Spectator, Stone bought a 26-hectare site in the Eola-Amity Hills planted predominantly with Pinot Noir along with 4 hectares of Chardonnay in 2013. “It means ‘honest tongue’, a pretty good thing for a sommelier,” Stone told WS.

Boasting volcanic nekia and jory soils, the site borders Domaine Serene’s Jerusalem Hill estate, Argyle Winery’s Lone Star Vineyard and Domaine Drouhin’s Roserock Vineyard.

Stone will make the inaugural vintage of Lingua Franca in a rented space at Coelho Winery using purchased grapes, but plans to make the wine from his own grapes next year.

The move reunites Stone with Burgudian….

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