`The Pivot Vineyard` Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Sonoma County

Littorai

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.

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Vineyards

Heidi and Ted purchased the Gold Ridge Estate in 2003 with the intention of building the "model farm." The Pivot vineyard is three acres within the 30 acre estate, making it one component of the biodiverse ecosystem. Farmed biodynamically since its inception, The Pivot sits on classic Gold Ridge soils over marine origin sandstone. This clay within dynamic soil type allows for just enough water retention to feed the vines in an average year. Their goal is to dry farm the vineyard.

Vintage Information

Following a very dry 2014, drought was a threat in California during the 2015 growing season. Luckily during February and April, sufficient rain fell which meant that the vines thrived. Problems at flowering and fruit-set lowered yields in some areas. Summer was sunny and fairly warm, which accelerated ripening and meant that by mid-August, harvest had begun. In spite of the low yields, the wines from 2015 have lovely concentrated fruit and very fine-grained tannins.

Vinification

This wine was made with 11% whole bunch fermentation in traditional open-top fermenters using native yeasts. Once malolactic fermentation was complete, the wine was aged in 25% new French oak barrels for a period of 16 months.

Tasting Notes

This Pinot Noir has a lovely clear ruby colour in the glass. Aromas of wild herbs and black cherry mingle with savoury and earthy notes. The bright acidity is balanced by structured tannins and an intense concentration on the long finish.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2015
Grape varieties 100% Pinot Noir
Region Sonoma County, California
Winemaker Ted Lemon
Alcohol (ABV) 13.4%