Lachini Vineyards "The Grape Republic" Pinot Noir

Lachini Vineyards "The Grape Republic" Pinot Noir


Ron Lachini lives in Seattle but he loves Pinot Noir so much that when was ready to start his own winery in 1997 he opted to do so in Oregon rather than Washington. I met him about ten years later, when I was working for Matthews Winery and we did a dual winemaker dinner with Lachini Vineyards at a Portland restaurant. That night become a memorable experience, early on in my career, with fantastic food and a chance to meet someone as passionate about wine as I am.

Lachini Vineyards recently started doing a declassified label called The Grape Republic. It makes for a great value Pinot Noir, which we all know isn't easy to find, and has a really likable label. It's a 100% Pinot Noir, mostly sourced from Lachini's own biodynamically farmed vineyards in the Chehalem Mountains of the Willamette Valley. It's aged for eighteen months in 85% used French oak barrels, and 15% stainless steel. The result is an approachable and easy drinking Pinot Noir, with nice bright fruit notes, and less focus on earthy characteristics. The Grape Republic Pinot Noir has notes of raspberries, cranberries, cherries, pomegranates, with hints of orange zest and black tea leaves.

Harvey Steiman of Wine Spectator gives the Lachini Vineyards The Grape Republic a score of 90 points- impressive for this price- and calls it, "Broad and spicy, with layers of red berry and cinnamon notes weaving through polished tannins. Finishes with finesse and presence."

  • Region: Chehalem Mountains AVA, Willamette Valley, Oregon
  • Vineyard(s): Bio-dynamically Farmed
  • Grape(s): 100% Pinot Noir
  • Aging: 18 months in 85% used French oak, 15% stainless steel
  • Drinkability: Now through 2020
  • Body: Medium
  • Alcohol: 13.8% by Volume
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  • Press: 90 Points Wine Spectator
  • Production: 4909 cases
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