Founded in 2001, Lachini Vineyards was started in the Chehalem Mountains AVA by Ron and Marianne Lachini. Today Lachini produces a wide range of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay that show wonderful terroir and poise. Ron Lachini is one of the great personalities in Oregon wine. A down to earth guy, he is passionate about producing great Pinot Noir from his vineyard. Lachini has tasting rooms in both Oregon and Woodinville and it is definitely worth stopping by and checking out this great new lineup.
Mattieu Gille heads winemaking at Lachini. Gille was born in Burgundy's Nuits St Georges, where his family has been making wine at their estate since the 16th century. Stating in 2014 he joined Lachini and needless to say, he has an excellent handle on PInot Noir and Chardonnay. An outstanding value Pinot Noir, the 2015 The Grape Republic Pinot Noir (WWB, 90) shows wonderful red fruit tones and a silky smooth mouthfeel. This is really an excellent value Oregon Pinot Noir. The 2015 Lachini Vineyards ‘Prima’ Pinot Noir (WWB, 93) is a downright stunner, showing dazzling minerality with wonderful weight and range. This is one for the cellar. Learn more about this great Oregon winery at https://www.lachinivineyards.com Here are the great new release wines by Lachini Vineyards.
2017 Lachini Rose- Beautifully colored, this great Pinot Noir Rose starts off with aromatics of forest floor, peat moss, and red raspberry. The palate is nicely bright with good minerality. Lighter toned red fruits dance with a touch of orange rind on the palate. Drink 2018-2022- 89
2016 Lachini ‘Al di La’ Chardonnay- This golden hued, limited production Chardonnay wine starts off with a bouquet of brioche, banana and bright lemon cream. The palate is both viscous, lithe and rich, showing an exotic edge. Roasted pineapple, Meyer lemon cream and creme brûlée flavors round out this awesome showing. Decadent and ripe, with a touch of cardamom towards the back end, this gorgeous offering will cellar well over the next decade. Drink 2018-2028- 93
2015 The Grape Republic Pinot Noir- This translucent colored wine opens with a bright bouquet of red cherry with rose petals and strawberry accents. The palate shows a really nice minerality with red fruits and lighter damp earth tones coming in. Delightful in the glass, the wine is best enjoyed in the short-term while the bright tension lasts. Drink 2018-2022- 90
2016 Lachini ’S’ Pinot Noir- This Chehalem Mountain AVA Pinot Noir begins with aromas of ripe red currant, cran-pomegranate and forest floor. The palate is both rich and mineral-driven, with deep red ands dark fruit flavors parading with lovely earthy tones. Round and juicy, this decadent and well-rounded Pinot Noir will cellar well for a decade or more. Drink 2018-2030- 92
2016 Lachini ‘Lachini Family Estate’ Pinot Noir- Teaberry and forest floor mark the lovely nose. The palate shows a really nice tension and viscosity with red and dark fruit flavors connecting with the minerals. A true winner with some serious range, this delicious wine is best enjoyed over the next decade or so. Drink 2018-2028- 92
2016 Lachini ‘Cuvee Giselle’ Pinot Noir- Elegant and showing nice richness, the 2016 ‘Cuvee Giselle’ starts off with aromas of red fruits, rose petals and a touch of damp earth. The palate displays a nice range of red fruits and citrus tones with forest floor flavors coming in towards the back end. Drink 2018-2028- 92
2015 Lachini ‘Prima’ Pinot Noir- Sporting a hefty bottle with a metal-embossed label, the ‘Prima’ is a first class wine made by Ronald Lachini. The nose shows ripe blood orange zest, red cherry starburst candy and forest floor accents. The weight and tension in the wine entices, as does the silky mouthfeel. Gobs of red fruits connect with lighter earthy and citrus tones. The long finish lingers. Sexy and downright delicious, the ‘Prima’ will cellar well over the next fifteen years. Drink 2018-2030- 93
2015 La Bestia Cabernet Sauvignon- Sourced from the Columbia Valley, this opens with cassis, mocha and tar on the nose. The palate shows nice elegance and astringency, with dark fruits connecting with chocolate and sagebrush. This outstanding effort will be best enjoyed over the next decade. Drink 2018-2028- 91
2015 La Contrada Red Wine- The 2015 La Contrada Red Wine begins with a nice combination of red and dark fruits on the nose. The palate shows a nice purity of fruit with red cherry, wild blackberry cobbler and crushed mint with milk chocolate flavors nicely connecting with minerals. Bright and showing nice tension, this is best enjoyed over the next decade. Drink 2018-2028- 91