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
Mendocino, Sonoma County, California
Aromatically the wine is surprisingly floral, with violets, orange zest, and a hint of sweet cream. On the palate, the wine is rich and spicy, with the promise of a long life ahead thanks to the strong tannic structure.
The Savoy vineyard within Anderson valley proves year after year to be an enticing bottling. Located just north of the town of Philo at the base of the hills, this is the cooler part of Anderson Valley. The vines were planted between 1991-1993 on beds of Pinole and Boont loams over Franciscan shale. Four different fermenters were blended to produce this wine, including a 100% whole cluster fermenter. Every lot had a significant depth of concentration, color, and complexity. The wine then ages for roughly 16 months in French oak, 20-25% new.
93 Points - Jeb Dunnuck
The 2015 Pinot Noir Savoy Vineyard lives up to its name, offering a savory, complex style in its dried cherry and strawberry fruits, earth, and dried herb-laced aromas and flavors. It’s vibrant and fresh on the palate, with integrated acidity and ripe tannin.
Product size: 750ml
From a private seller.