Littorai, Hirsch Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2016

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  • Type:

    Red

  • Country:

    USA

  • Region:

    California

  • Area:

    Sonoma County

  • ABV:

    13%

  • Grape:

    Pinot Noir

  • Grape Blend:

    Pinot Noir 100%

  • Vegan:

    ****

  • Organic:

    y

  • Winemaker:

    �Ted Lemon

  • Bottle Size:

    750ml

Littorai Hirsch Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2016 - Wine

Tasting Notes

This Pinot Noir has aromas of rhubarb, dried cranberries and pomegranate, with notes of spiced cake and cocoa powder. The palate is concentrated and powerful with a lovely freshness from the whole-cluster fermentation.

Production Notes

The Hirsch Vineyard was planted in 1995, it is located on a series of hilltops which run inland from the Pacific Ocean, 12 miles to the northwest of Jenner, the town where the Russian River meets the coast. The elevation ranges from 365 to 472 metres above sea level and the vines are northeast facing. The soils are gravelly loam and the vines trained on a vertical trellis system. The fruit was harvested at night to keep the grapes cool. This wine was made using 20% whole-bunch fermentation in traditional open-top fermenters. The fermenters are allowed to naturally rise in temperature which results in a gentle start to the native yeast fermentation. Once malolactic fermentation was complete, the wine was aged in 25% new French oak barrels (from cooper Jacques Damy in Meursault) for a period of 16 months.

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.