Littorai Pinot Noir 'Hirsch Vineyard' Sonoma Coast 2018

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  • Size: 750ml
  • Vintage: 2018
  • ABV: 13%
  • Origin: Sonoma Coast/California /USA
  • Grapes: Pinot Noir


Husband and wife team Ted and Heidi Lemon are behind this family-run winery, established in 1993. Ted began his career in Burgundy and has worked for some of the region's top estates including Domaine Guy Roulot in Meursault where he was winemaker and vineyard manager, the first American to ever hold such a position in Burgundy! Heidi has similarly worked for some of California's top producers including Robert Long Vineyards and Stag's Leap Wine Cellars. Ted and Heidi's mission with Littorai was to find the best spot to grow Pinot Noir and Chardonnay along the littoral (coastal) zones of the U.S.A. They searched the west coast before finally finding their top spot in the 'true' north of California - the coastal mountains of Sonoma and Mendocino Counties. All the vineyards have been farmed biodynamically since 2001 and there is minimal intervention in the winemaking.

Littorai is the longest-standing buyer of fruit from the Hirsch vineyard and is also responsible for converting the site to biodynamic farming. The site is a series of ridged hilltops, which run inland from the Pacific Ocean at 365 to 472 metres above sea level. The vines are planted on gravelly loam and Hugo Josephine complex soils. 

The fruit was hand harvested at night, so the grapes arrived cool before being destemmed and put into fermenters with 25-40% kept whole bunch. The fermenters naturally rose in temperature to begin fermentation using indigenous yeasts. The wines were pressed once dry and transferred to French oak barrels (20-25% new) and remained in barrel for 15 months on its malolactic and primary lees prior to bottling, with no fining or filtration.

'This has a bright ruby red colour. The nose is beautiful with vinous aromas of crunchy red fruit, florals, baking spice subtle herbs such as sage - fine and layered. On the palate this has a medium body, fine, almost chalky tannins, red runchy fruit, rose petals and rosehip; an elegant style. Needs a big Burgundy glass for full joy - we are very proud to be able to sell Littorai.' Anja Breit, Philglas & Swiggot



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