Longplay

Owner(s) Todd Hansen
Web site www.longplaywine.com
 
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A new label begun by grower Todd Hansen who owns the 50-acre Lia's Vineyard, formerly part of Rex Hill's Jacob-Hart Vineyard. The original plantings dating to 1990 and 1993 are all own-rooted and the vineyard is dry farmed. There are five clones: 115, 667, Pommard, Wadenswil and Mariafeld. Some grapes are sold to Penner-Ash and Bergstöm and some are kept for Hansen's own label.

The initial Pinot Noir and Chardonnay releases were in 2007. Aron Hess was the initial winemaker, replaced by Jay Christopher.

Hansen developed a passion for wine while serving in the American diplomatic corps in France, Chile and South Africa.

I am partial to the name and label which sports an LP and tone arm since I am a collector of 50s and 60s Doo-Wop and R&R records. The label suggests the goal of making "analog wine in a digital world."

The wines are sold through vinoshipper.com.

Reviewed Wines

2012 Longplay “Jory Bench Reserve” Lia’s Vineyard Chehalem Mountains Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., $TBD. · Light reddish purple color in the glass. High tone aromas of fresh dark red and purple stone fruits and berries. Light to mid weight dark red cherry and blueberry flavors which carry over on the graceful and pleasing finish. Nicely balanced, bright and juicy. Score: 90. Reviewed August 15, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Longplay Lia’s Vineyard Chehalem Mountains Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., $27. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Quite aromatic with scents of purple grape, plum, and boysenberry fanning out in the glass. Light to mid weight flavors of purple fruits with a touch of spice and savory herbs in the background. Soft in the mouth, showing good fruit intensity on the finish which leaves a trace of heat in its wake. Score: 89. Reviewed August 15, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Longplay “Jory Slope” Lia’s Vineyard Chehalem Mountains Willamette Valley Chardonnay

13.5% alc., 49 cases, $28. Lower yields in this vintage than 2011. Aged in neutral oak barrels. · Light yellow color and clear in the glass. This wine is much more accommodating than the 2011 vintage, with less emphasis on lemon, and more floral, stone fruit and tropical fruit nuances. Some richness, and slightly creamy in texture, with a round, satisfying finish driven by peach and lemon curd aromatic goodness. Score: 92. Reviewed August 15, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Longplay “Experience” Lia’s Vineyard Chehalem Mountains Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., $69. A 3 barrel selection: 1 barrel of 115, 1 barrel of 23, and 1 barrel of both clones together. Aged in 83% new oak, quite atypical for Todd’s wines. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. The nose is exotic and sexy featuring aromas of blueberry, pomegranate and spice. Plenty of ripe fruit sap in the mouth featuring flavors of black raspberry and pomegranate. The tannins are fine-grain and sturdy, and the finish is replete with hi-tone acidity. The high percentage of new oak never comes to the front. A special and unique wine. Score: 92. Reviewed August 15, 2014 ARTICLE »

2011 Longplay Lia’s Vineyard Chehalem Mountains Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., 268 cases, $27. From 3 to 21-year-old vines yielding 1.2 tons per acre. Newest plantings of clones “828,” 23, 114, 777, Wädenswil and Pommard 5. Harvest October 25 and November 1. · Light reddish purple color in the glass. Aromatically alive with scents of cherry, cranberry, spice and subtle oak. Light and pleasant on the palate with flavors of red cherries and berries and a vein of dried herbs. Ripeness was clearly an issue with this wine, but it is an affable drink. Score: 87. Reviewed August 15, 2014 ARTICLE »

2011 Longplay “Jory Slope” Lia’s Vineyard Chehalem Mountains Willamette Valley Chardonnay

13.0% alc., 69 cases, $28. Very late harvest on November 2. 20-year-old Wente selection. Yield 1.04 tons per acre. Aged in neutral oak. One of three barrels underwent malolactic fermentation. · Pale yellow color and clear in the glass. Bright aromas of lemon, lemongrass and almond. Light, reserved and crisp, with flavors of lemon, grapefruit and pear. A high-voltage wine with a soprano, grapefruit-fueled finish accented with slate-driven minerality. Needs food. Score: 88. Reviewed August 15, 2014 ARTICLE »

2011 Longplay “Jory Bench Reserve” Lia’s Vineyard Chehalem Mountains Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., 154 cases, $38. Own-rooted Pommard 5 (75% of this wine), Wädenswil (19%) and 23 (6%). Yield 1.8 tons per acre. Harvest November 1. Aged 10 months in 16% new French oak. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Aromas of cherry and forest floor lead to a palate filled with juicy cherry charm. A vein of herbs runs through the background. Crisp and bright, with smooth tannins and well integrated acidity. On the lean side, but satisfying. Score: 88. Reviewed August 15, 2014 ARTICLE »

2011 Longplay “Hi-Tone” Lia’s Vineyard Chehalem Mountains Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., 72 cases, $45. 21-year-old Wädenswil clone. Yield 1.7 tons per acre. Aged 10 months in neutral oak. · Moderately light reddish purple hue in the glass. Aromatically alive as Wädenswil tends to be with scents of dark red cherries and berries, spice, rose petal and subtle stem. The most concentrated and flavorful of the 2011 Pinot Noir lineup, with impeccably balanced tannins and acidity. Plenty to like, including the spicecharged finish. Score: 90. Reviewed August 15, 2014 ARTICLE »

2010 Longplay Lia’s Vineyard Chehalem Mountains Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., $20. Todd Hansen is the grower and Aaron Hess is the winemaker. · Light garnet color in the glass. Scent of cherries and faint oak, picking up intensity and desirability over time in the glass. Light and elegant, with tasty cherry fruit flavor accented with a hint of spice and oak. Very delicate, with gossamer tannins, but delivers some solid flavor. Good. Reviewed September 12, 2012 ARTICLE »

2009 Longplay Jory Bench Reserve Lia’s Vineyard Chehalem Mountains Oregon Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., $25. Todd Hanson grower and Aron Hess winemaker. · Light reddish-purple color and slightly cloudy in the glass. Faint aromas of red fruits with noticeable oak toast. Fruity, smoky and savory in a lighter style featuring flavors of earth-kissed red cherries and berries. A very gentle wine that is of interest for its pinotosity and drink ability but doesn’t deliver enough flavor. Good (+). Reviewed January 12, 2012 ARTICLE »

2008 Longplay “Jory Slope” Lia’s Vineyard Chehalem Mountains Willamette Valley Chardonnay

14.5% alc., pH 3.69, 63 cases, $24. 17-year-old vines. Aged 16 months on the lees in neutral oak. Low-yielding own-rooted Wente clone. · Lovely array of scents including apple pie, white peach, dried mango and marzipan. Very tasty green apple, white stone fruit and citrus core with an appealing hint of yeast. Pleasantly creamy and finishing with a spark of acidity. Proof positive that Wente clone can produce high quality Chardonnay in the Willamette Valley. Very good. Reviewed August 7, 2010 ARTICLE »

2008 Longplay Lia’s Vineyard Chehalem Mountains Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., pH 3.95, 287 cases, $24. 55% Dijon 115, 20% Wädenswil, and 10% Mariafeld clones. Indigenous yeast fermentation. Aged in 10% new French oak barrels for 10 months. · Darker fruited scents with a floral note and an underlying roasted coffee aroma. Moderately rich essence of black cherries with a fine grain texture and a dry finish. Simple and easy to drink. Good. Reviewed August 7, 2010 ARTICLE »

2008 Longplay “Jory Bench Reserve” Lia’s Vineyard Chehalem Mountains Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., pH 3.95, 287 cases, $30. Four barrels in the cellar stood out composed of 25% Pommard, 25% Wädenswil, 40% Dijon 115, and 10% Mariafeld clones. Aged in 20% new and 80% seasoned French oak barrels for 10 months. · Demure fruit on the nose with a roasted coffee, toasty bent. Earth-kissed dark fruits with tar and coffee mocha notes. Still tight and significantly better the next day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle showing tasty black cherry essence with a subtle toasty oak tone. Definitely worth revisiting with another year or two in bottle. Good (+). Reviewed August 7, 2010 ARTICLE »

2007 Longplay Lia’s Vineyard Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir

13.0% alc., 420 cases, $28. Inaugural release from the 25-acre Lia’s Vineyard which is composed of five Pinot Noir clones (115, 667, Pommard, Wädenswil and Mariafeld) planted in Jory soil from 1990 to 2002. Lia’s Vineyard was originally part of Rex Hill’s Jacob-Hart Vineyard. The older vines are own rooted. The vines are spaced at 5 x 9 with VSP trellising and are non-irrigated. This wine is 50% Dijon clones. The grower is Todd Hansen and winemaker is Aron Hess (formerly Rex Hill, now Daedalus Cellars and Anam Cara Cellars). · Light crimson in color. A demure wine that is red fruit driven with an appealing accent of oak spice and minerality. Picked at an average brix of 23 at harvest, this wine is understandably light in weight with a good acid spine. Will appeal to Pinot purists. Reviewed December 17, 2008 ARTICLE »