2019 Littorai Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

2019 Littorai Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

¥10,450 (incl. tax)

The Sonoma Coast bottling is one of Littorai’s two appellation wines. While the Les Larmes from Anderson Valley is generally darker and more structured, the Sonoma Coast is delicate and precise. According to the winery, “50% of the final blend comes from the Twin Hills vineyard just south of Sebastopol, 17% comes from declassified vineyard designate lots: Hirsch, Mays Canyon, The Pivot, The Haven and Thieriot vineyards. 33% is sourced from press wines from these same vineyards.” The Sonoma Coast Pinot spends less time in barrel than the vineyard-designated wines and in a lower percentage of new oak, which makes it more appropriate for early drinking. If you are looking for Pinot Noir that’s vibrant and alive with bright fruit flavor rather than dense and alcoholic, this one’s for you! 

Winery


Winery Description

Ted Lemon is a winegrower, not a winemaker. Winegrowing implies that careful and conscientious farming is the primary step in crafting wines that express their terroir. Littorai was founded in 1993 after Ted and Heidi Lemon took an epic wine tasting tour from Walla Walla, Washington, to Santa Barbara in search of a spot that would yield great Pinot Noir. They became convinced that Northern California coast offered the best potential. Littorai’s wines have since become the benchmark for a new style of California Pinot Noir that strives to be a “wine of place.” These wines are lighter in color and alcohol and less extravagant and ripe, but strikingly fresh, pure, and vibrant – aromatic and flavorful without being weighty or opulent. Burgundy was an early influence on Lemon. He studied enology at the Université de Dijon, apprenticed at several Burgundy houses and was appointed head of Domaine Guy Roulot in Meursault – all by the age of 25! But though Burgundy has been a model for Littorai, it was never a template. Instead, he lets the terroir of his vineyards suggest how best to cultivate them and craft their wines. These vineyards are located along the littoral, the coastal edge of California, on rugged hillsides in the Anderson Valley (Mendocino County) and along the Sonoma Coast. Here ocean fogs bless the vines with an extended growing season, but more importantly, the soils are so diverse (as a result of the area’s turbulent geology) that even nearby vineyards can produce wines of different aroma, flavor and ageability. Littorai focuses on single vineyard Pinot Noir and Chardonnay but also makes two appellation bottlings with those barrels or vineyard lots that do not meet the highest standards. Littorai owns just one estate vineyard (The Pivot, near Sebastopol), but sources the rest via “by the acre” contracts or long term leases that allow Lemon to plant and work the vineyards as he pleases, even if the yields are tiny. A firm believer in biodynamie, the estate operates an integrated farm, with vineyards, pastures, and woodland combined into one holistic unit, but even the non-estate vineyards are farmed organically without any fertilizers beyond vineyard compost. Winemaking involves fermenting the Pinot Noir with some amount of whole clusters in traditional open-top fermenters with natural yeasts and without (or with very little) sulphur or other additives. The wines age in (partially new) French oak for up to 16 months. If rich, mouth-coating, opulent black fruit is what you expect in a California Pinot Noir, Littorai’s wines may provoke a surprise. Prepare for floral and red fruit aromas, vibrant flavors, fresh acidity and a tannic structure that will allow the wines to develop and blossom over the years.

About this Wine


Country USA
Region California
Appellation(s) Sonoma Coast
Winery Littorai
Vintage 2019
Color Red
Varietal(s) Pinot Noir
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Bottle Size 8.5 x 29.5
Case Size 35.0 x 27.0 x 30.5
Alcohol 12.6%
Product Code LT19SP
UPC NONE

Owning & Enjoying


Tasting notes

Aromas are intense and vibrant: orange zest, dried cherry, bright red fruit and notes of white pepper, rose petal, and. The palate is structured with medium tannins and lively acidity. An ethereal and silky wine!

Production


Vinification

Aged in French oak (less than 15% new) for about 10 months.

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