Littorai, Wendling Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2015

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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 Wendling Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2015 - Wine

Tasting Notes

A beautifully perfumed Pinot Noir from a revered single vineyard at the cooler end of the Anderson Valley. This wine boasts aromas fresh red cherries, blackberries and earth. The palate has chewy, mouth-coating tannins, which are in balanced with the bright acidity - a hallmark of this site. Concentrated flavours of rhubarb, blackberry and vibrant, freshly picked, red roses linger on the finish. This is an authoritative wine with enormous promise.

Production Notes

The Wendling Vineyard is one of the most recent additions to Littorais single vineyard collection. The Wendling Vineyard is located in the coolest part of the Anderson Valley and is actually the most north-westerly vineyard in the AVA and the closest to the coast. The Pinot Noir here is planted on very well-drained, red gravel soils, which limits vine vigour. The vineyard has been farmed biodynamically with extraordinary care from the very beginning. 2015 is the first year that the fruit from the Wendling Vineyard has been used in a single vineyard Pinot Noir. The Pinot Noir was harvested at night, to ensure that the fruit was fresh upon arrival the winery. This wine was made using 22% whole bunch fermentation in traditional open-top fermenters using native yeasts. Once malolactic fermentation was complete, the wine was aged in 20-25% new French oak barrels, with the wood coming from Meursault, for 14-17 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.