Littorai, The Pivot Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2016

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    Sonoma County

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    Pinot Noir

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    Pinot Noir 100%

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    �Ted Lemon

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Littorai The Pivot Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2016 - Wine

Tasting Notes

Single vineyard Pinot Noir that is grown organically and biodynamically. The Pivot produces the lushest wines of all of the Sonoma vineyards with good concentration, velvety tannins and a nose of black fruits and plums which carry through to the finish. This Pinot Noir has a lovely clear ruby colour in the glass. Aromas of wild herbs and black cherry mingle with savoury and earthy notes. The bright acidity is balanced by structured tannins and an intense concentration on the long finish.

Production Notes

Heidi and Ted purchased the Gold Ridge Estate in 2003 with the intention of building the "model farm." The Pivot Vineyard is three acres within the 30-acre estate, and was planted in 2004. The vineyard is at 150 metres above sea level on a south-facing slope. Farmed biodynamically since its inception, The Pivot sits on classic Gold Ridge soils over marine origin sandstone and sandy clay loam which allows for just enough water retention to feed the vines in an average year. This wine was made with 11% whole bunch fermentation in traditional open-top fermenters using native yeasts. Once malolactic fermentation was complete, the wine was aged in 25% new French oak barrels for a period of 16 months.

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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.