2009 Littorai - Pinot Noir The Pivot Vineyard 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91(+?)

(13.8% alcohol; from vines planted in 2003): Good full red. Musky, slightly reduced aromas of redcurrant, plum, mocha, black tea, iron and tobacco, plus a whiff of rhubarb and pomegranate. Then supple, fleshy and smooth, with a restrained sweetness to the flavors of crunchy berries, spices and tea. Very distinctive wine, at once broad and weightless. With its peppery, spicy aftertaste, this conveys a strong whole-cluster character.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 156

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 95
Author: Koby
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 01/19/2014
Site Blog: The Wine Forum Outstanding, best Cali Pinot I have had in a while. The nose is classic with earth, red fruits, antique perfume and subtle spice. The palate is exceptionally balanced, medium bodied , silky tannins with a clean and precise finish. #ipob #biodynamic #organic #sonomacoast

Rating: 92
Author: Edward O88
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 04/04/2014
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Average rating: 92, based on 3 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

44 bottles owned by 16 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: Pinot Noir


Notorious for its fickle growing patterns, Pinot Noir vines prefer long, cool growing conditions and tend to mutate easily, leaving behind numerous clones and inconsistent flavor profiles. Although it is one of the three major varieties used in Champagne production, Burgundy is the traditional home of Pinot Noir. The 30-mile stretch of hills known as the Cote d'Or is valued as the world's premier production area. Pinot Noir is planted all over the world. In the United States, Sonoma, the Russian River Valley, Carneros and the Willamette Valley produce top-notch wines from this variety. Other notable countries include New Zealand, Australia, and Chile. Typical descriptors for Pinot Noir include strawberry, raspberry, cherry, mushroom, and meaty notes.

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