Littorai make riveting and expressive wines in California, and have been doing so for 25 years. Shirking the overblown ‘coca cola-esque’ styles that were once synonymous with California, Littorai boldly focus on the cooler pockets of Sonoma Coast, Anderson Valley and the Russian River. If you are looking for a memorable bottle to share with a friend, or would like to buy some brilliant age worthy pinots for your cellar, you must read on.
Winemaker and co-owner, Ted Lemon (who runs the estate with his wife Heidi), is revered worldwide for his passion, hard work and intrinsic understanding of his plots. All the wines are from single vineyards. Having worked at many top Burgundy estates, including Roulot, Roumier, De Villaine and Dujac, he is deeply rooted and respected by the inner-circle of Burgundy. However, while he reverently respects Burgundy, replication is exactly what his wines are trying not to do. The pinots of Littorai are soulful and charismatic, true to their Californian origins.
‘Most importantly of all, abandon the quest to make great pinot noir. Your job is to craft wines which are the most honest, crystalline expression of their place and then let others decide if they feel that your efforts are worthy.’
Ted Lemon, Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir Celebration 2013
In our eyes, Littorai make the best American pinot noir (and chardonnay). Lemon’s pedigreed CV shows through in his masterful understanding of his plots. Hard work in the vineyard following biodynamic practices is preferred to overworking wines in the cellar, and this purity and honesty shines. Through his connection and observation in the vineyard, his wines can’t help but express their own timbre.
Please note these wines are rare. We’ve included a 10% discount on retail prices until Sunday 24 March, 2019 (or until stocks sell out). Send us your wish-list and we’ll be in touch to confirm what we are able to offer. Don’t delay if you’d like to secure your share, the top cuvées brim with intensity and are very ageable. Please click here to reply via email.
Ted sums up the differences between his regions eloquently on the Littorai website, click here to read.
2016 Littorai Cerise Pinot Noir
‘…plenty of depth and persistence, but the Cerise is nowhere near ready to show all of its cards. Chalk, white pepper and mint add striking aromatic top notes, but the Cerise needs time in bottle to be at its most expressive…’ Antonio Galloni, January 2019
2016 Littorai Savoy Pinot Noir
‘… one of the more forward, supple wines in the range. Sweet dark cherry, plum and floral notes are nicely pushed forward. Plush fruit and silky tannins add considerable appeal. Best of all, the 2016 will drink well with minimal cellaring.’ Antonio Galloni, January 2019
2016 Littorai Wendling Pinot Noir
‘…A wine of striking inner sweetness and perfume, the Wendling is simply rapturous in its beauty. All the elements simply fall into place effortlessly. The Wendling is translucent, weightless and absolutely stunning. Readers who can find it should not hesitate. What a wine! ‘Antonio Galloni, January 2019
2016 Littorai The Haven Pinot Noir
‘… wonderfully lifted and aromatic, although it is a bit less giving on the palate. I would prefer to cellar it for at least a few years to see if a bit more depth emerges. Even today, though, in its somewhat reticent state, the Haven is very pretty. Hints of chalk, white pepper and citrus add energy to this finely sculpted Pinot.’ Antonio Galloni, January 2019
2016 Littorai Mays Canyon Russian River Pinot Noir
”…a wine built more on persistence and energy rather than volume or overt fruit… likely to appeal most to readers who enjoy structured wines. Crushed rocks, graphite, dark cherry, mint and chalk all add nuance to this nervous, finely sculpted Pinot. Patience is the key, but there is plenty to look forward to.’ Antonio Galloni, January 2019
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