2003 Littorai - Chardonnay Mays Canyon 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90

($50) Leesy aromas of soft citrus fruits, butter and hazelnut. Round, smoky and leesy, with an attractive subtle sweetness of fruit. Not especially gripping but offers lovely restraint and very good persistence.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 120

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 87-88

The 2003 Chardonnay Mays Canyon exhibits restrained lemon butter, pear, citrus, and crushed rock characteristics along with fine acidity and a medium-bodied finish.

Drink Dates: 2005-2009
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 157

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Average rating: 89, based on 2 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

30 bottles owned by 10 collectors.

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About This Producer


From the Latin for "coasts," the Littorai name is a reminder that wine, "this noblest agricultural product, arises from the weave of place (vineyard), time (vintage), and man." This recognition, combined with Ted Lemon's education and training in winemaking in France, result in highly sought-after California Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Lemon's winemaking philosophy is influenced heavily by his time at the Universite de Bourgogne, where he earned a degree in Enology, as well as his apprenticeships at estates such as Domaine Dujac, Roumier, and Bruno Clair. With his wife Heidi, Lemon has produced wines that honestly express exceptional sites on the Sonoma Coast, Russian River, and Anderson Valley since 1993.

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Wine Varietal: Chardonnay


Arguably the best dry white wine grape out there, Chardonnay is grown all over the globe. In addition to being the backbone of fine white Burgundies, Chardonnay is also one of the three major grape varieties used in producing Champagne. Susceptible to a myriad of complications, Chardonnay berries are relatively small, thin-skinned, fragile, and oxidize easily. Chardonnay grapes can be sensitive to winemaking techniques and more difficult to handle from harvest to bottling than many other varieties. Some producers will use malolactic fermentation (where harsher malic acid is turned into softer lactic acid and carbon dioxide) to reduce crispness and acidity and add a creamy, buttery texture to wines. The "oaky" character of some Chardonnays comes from fermenting or aging which takes place in oak barrels. Once barrel-aged, Chardonnay may take on notes of vanilla or toast. While Chardonnay is produced worldwide, the best can be found in France, the United States, Argentina, Chile, Australia, Italy, New Zealand, and South Africa. Typical descriptors for Chardonnay include mineral, green apple, citrus, tropical fruits, vanilla, butter and smokiness.

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