Todd Hansen, Longplay winemaker and owner recently gave us an update on their 2012 vintage. He sums it up: "that's a wrap!"
"Things started out pretty much "normal," which was a relief, but then June was stop-and-go ... I say it was like Crosstown Traffic. Stop, go, stop, go. Rainy, sunny, rainy."
Bottom line? "...delicious fruit that should produce a very well-balanced wine."
Longplay is making it into the national press with recent mentions in Sunset Magazine, Portland Monthly, and a 92 point score from Wine Spectator for the 2010 Jory Reserve.
Since his first vintage, we've been saying that this is a winery to watch. And now the world is beating a path to its door. Well worth a taste, or a case!
More About Longplay Wines
What you want to know:
-Who makes it? Todd Hansen is the creative force behind Longplay Wines. He is one savvy dude. Before becoming a winemaker he worked as an international trade negotiator for the U.S. in Brussels. The guy is as smart as a whip and as enthusiastic about winemaking as Marcus is about the Green Bay Packers. He's one of those people you meet and just say - "this is going to be good."
-Will I like the wines? Yes, especially if you value the opinion of Wine Spectator's Harvey Steiman who singled out the Longplay Winery as a "New Name to Know" and that was after only two vintages!
-What Todd makes - So far, a Pinot noir and a Chardonnay, both awarded 92 points by Wine Spectator for the 2009 vintage. A third wine, the Jory Bench Reserve Pinot noir is no slouch either, the 2010 vintage also earned 92 points.
-His passion - Todd is absolutely gaga about the vineyard. Todd thinks of himself as a farmer first. Although most of his days are spent performing the endless handwork it takes to craft top quality Pinot noir, Todd especially enjoys getting on the tractor to mow or haul compost. What is it about boys and their big boy toys? Todd says "Almost every day in the vineyard is a great day. The rhythm and pace of the growing season are what keeps the job interesting."
-What about the name? The name "Longplay" refers to Todd's concept of making an "analog wine in a digital world" as evidenced by his label which features a long play record album.
-Where is it? Todd's vineyard site is one of the best in Oregon. When Rex Hill sold off part of their very fine Jacob-Hart vineyard a few years ago, Todd bought it and re-named it Lia's Vineyard. It is managed by one of Oregon's most distinguished viticulturists, Javier Marin. Javier has more than 20 years experience tending vines in the Willamette Valley, most notably working as vineyard manager at famed Shea Vineyard in the Yamhill-Carlton District.