Littorai, B.A. Thieriot Vineyard Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2016

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  • Type:

    White

  • Country:

    USA

  • Region:

    California

  • Area:

    Sonoma County

  • ABV:

    12.80%

  • Grape:

    Chardonnay

  • Grape Blend:

    Chardonnay 100%

  • Vegan:

    ****

  • Organic:

    y

  • Winemaker:

    �Ted Lemon

  • Bottle Size:

    750ml

Littorai B.A. Thieriot Vineyard Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2016 - Wine

Tasting Notes

Single vineyard Chardonnay that is grown organically and biodynamically. This wine is pale gold in colour. It has complex aromas of chamomile, peach, kumquat, white grapefruit and beeswax. Excellent weight on the mid palate and piercing acidity culminate in a long, mouthwatering finish.

Production Notes

The B.A. Thieriot Vineyard is located to the west of the town of Occidental at 275 metres above sea level on a south-facing slope. This is the cooler side of the hills around Occidental, yet it is protected from the northwest winds and fog by a ridge to the north. Farmed biodynamically, the vineyard was planted in 1996. Soils here are Gold Ridge loam over sandstone. The fruit was hand harvested and whole-cluster pressed on arrival at the winery with the heavy-press juice separated out. 90% of the free-run juice was then barrel fermented with native yeasts in 20% new French oak barrels with the remaining 10% fermented in stainless-steel tank. Full malolactic fermentation took place in barrel for 12 months and the wine spent five months on its fine lees in stainless-steel tanks before bottling.

Critics Reviews

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Producer Profile

Heidi and Ted Lemon are behind this family run winery which was created in 1993. Ted began his career in Burgundy after earning an oenology degree at the University of Dijon in 1981. He has worked for some top Burgundian estates, such as Roumier, Bruno Clair, Aubert de Villaine and Domaine Dujac. Ted's skills earned him a position as winemaker and vineyard manager at Domaine Guy Roulot in Meursault, being the first American ever to do so in Burgundy! His winemaking prowess also earned him the affectionate nickname Le Comte Citron; the crowned lemon on all of the Littorai bottles are a reference to this. Heidi's path to farming was inspired by living and working in Germany following college and her subsequent work at several wineries in California, including Robert Long Vineyards and Stag's Leap Wine Cellars. In 1992, the Lemons set out to look for the best spot to grow Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, which they believe is along the littoral (coastal) zones of the continent. They finally found their spot in the 'true' north coast of California - the coastal mountains of Sonoma and Mendocino Counties. The varied soils and moderate climate with cooling fog provide the ideal environment to grow Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The majority of the sites are farmed biodynamically and all sites are farmed using only organic materials. Littorai does not use certification systems. Having thoroughly studied the works of Rudolf Steiner, who believed in individual responsibility as part of the biodynamic philosophy, Ted finds it hard to reconcile the fact that becoming certified would involve conceding some of his responsibility to external auditors, who cannot know and understand the sites as he does. We have focused on their Sonoma Coast and Anderson Valley wines, as the cool climate in these beautiful parts of California gives wines of superb elegance.