Overview of the Wine
Ted is a lifelong winemaker who began his career by receiving an Enology degree from the Université de Dijon in 1981. He is the first American to ever be hired as winemaker and vineyard manager of an estate in Burgundy, Domaine Guy Roulot in Meursault, where he resided until 1984. He worked at many prestigious estates in Burgundy: Domaine Georges Roumier, Domaine Bruno Clair, Domaine Parent, Domaine De Villaine, Domaine Delorme and Domaine Dujac.
Upon returning to the United States, Ted worked as a winemaker in Napa Valley and became consultant to a number of prominent wineries in California, Oregon and New Zealand.
Heidi worked at several estates in Napa prior to founding Littorai: Domaine Chandon, Robert Pecota Winery, Robert Long Vineyards and Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars.
Littorai Wines is a small, family owned and operated winery producing world class vineyard designated Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the true north coast of California: the coastal mountains of Sonoma and Mendocino Counties. Littorai Wines was founded in 1993 by Heidi and Ted Lemon. In July 2008, we completed construction of our winery located between Sebastopol and Freestone in western Sonoma County.
Hirsch Vineyard lies 12 miles northwest of Jenner, the seaside town where the mouth of the Russian River meets the Pacific Ocean. It is comprised of a series of ridge tops ranging in elevation from 1,200 to 1,550 feet. This is San Andreas Fault territory, resulting in varied and complex soils. Located only 3 miles from the ocean, the climate can be erratic and unpredictable, with wide annual swings in moisture, temperature, storms and wind. Rainfall is abundant between October and April, with the summer dry and desert-like. Littorai is the longest continuous purchaser of Hirsh Vineyard fruit, starting in 1994.
This vineyard is farmed using organic materials and biodynamic methods, not certified.
Grape / Blend
100% Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
Aromatically the wine has notes of rose petals, black tea, tobacco, citrus zest, and damp soil. On the palate, the wine has notes of tart red fruits and dried roses with well-structured tannins and vibrant acidity.
95 Points - Vinous
The 2011 Pinot Noir Hirsch Vineyard is another of the highlights in this range. Here it is the wine's overall balance and complexity that stand out most. All the elements are in the right place. Round, layered and impeccable, the 2011 wraps around the palate with gorgeous depth and pure texture. White flowers and spices add an attractive upper register to the signature Hirsch blue/blackish fruit. In 2011, the Hirsch is all about polish. What a gorgeous wine this is.
92 Points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good full red. Complex aromas of black raspberry, black cherry, graphite and black tea, lifted by a floral high note. Juicy, spicy and penetrating, offering superb intensity and acid support to its flavors of dark fruits and black pepper. Quite taut, even austere, today, but the wine's precision, serious tannic spine and length suggest it will evolve positively and last well in bottle. A superb showing.
Product size: 750ml