`The Haven 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

The Haven is Littorai’s original Estate vineyard. Planted in 2001, it is a microcosm of the diversity of soils within the Sonoma Coast, containing uplifted undersea volcanics, sandstones, shales and loams. The Haven is located at 366m elevation between the tiny town of Occidental and the Pacific Ocean. It lies on an east-west ridge with a southfacing slope and is late ripening and very cool.

Vintage Information

Despite the multi-year drought, significant rainfall in December and early January filled reservoirs and positioned the north coast well for the season. January saw an extended dry and frosty period, but early bud break came with a very dry, sunny spring. Early July heat was followed by summer fog. Veraison began around 21st July but proceeded slowly due to persistent cool, foggy weather. In mid-August there was a spell of warm weather with no fog intrusion, relatively high humidity and lots of high clouds. This pushed vineyards to “catch up” following the very cool month before, but Veraison was still exceptionally long and slow. Ten days of brilliant sunshine in late August to early September pushed the ripening forward. Harvest began on 4th September.

Vinification

This wine was made using 20% 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

Dark and brooding with aromas of green herbs, seaweed, black pepper, wet rock and forest floor. This is a very concentrated wine with great density, richness and acidity. While some of Littorai’s wines are on the softer, rounder end of the spectrum and others are more defined by tannins, the Haven balances all parts of the taste spectrum. It is rich, yet there is great tannin definition. It has great energy because of the excellent acidity yet it is never tart. A very special wine.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2013
Grape varieties 100% Pinot Noir
Region Sonoma County, California
Winemaker Ted Lemon
Alcohol (ABV) 12.6%
Acidity 5.7g/l
Residual Sugar 0.01g/l
Wine pH 3.59