Husband and wife team Ted and Heidi Lemon are behind this family run...
winery, established in 1993. Ted began his career in Burgundy and has worked for some of the region's top estates including Domaine Guy Roulot in Meursault where he was winemaker and vineyard manager, the first American to ever hold such a position in Burgundy! Heidi has similarly worked for some of California's top producers including Robert Long Vineyards and Stag's Leap Wine Cellars. Ted and Heidi's mission with Littorai was to find the best spot to grow Pinot Noir and Chardonnay along the littoral (coastal) zones of the U.S.A. They searched the west coast before finally finding their top spot in the 'true' north of California - the coastal mountains of Sonoma and Mendocino Counties. All the vineyards have been farmed biodynamically since 2001 and there is minimal intervention in the winemaking.
The Pinot Noir vines are planted on shallow, clay loam overlying shale and serpentine derived rock with some marine origin sandstone.
In common with much of Europe, the harvest started early in California – as early as July. Yields were almost universally down on 2014 due to spring rains and cool temperatures, which caused flowering issues and poor grape set. Luckily, the early harvest negated rain issues experienced towards the end of October. While 2015 was a challenging vintage, quality is considered high with fruit showing great aromatic potential and concentration.
Grapes are crushed but not pressed. Only the free run juice is used for fermentation with indigenous yeasts. The wine spends 16 months in 20% new French oak before bottling.
Cerise has lovely aromas of cinnamon stick, red berries and gravelly, mineral notes. It has a lovely richness and firm tannins dominate the very long finish. The 2015 Cerise is drinking well now but will also benefit from time in the bottle to fully reveal itself.
|Grape varieties||100% Pinot Noir|
|Region||Sonoma County, California|
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