`The Haven Vineyard` Sonoma Coast Chenin Blanc

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, the site is a microcosm of the diversity of soils within the Sonoma Coast, containing greenstone, sandstone and shale. Located at 1,200 feet between the tiny town of Occidental and the Pacific Ocean, lying on an east-west ridge with a south-facing slope this is one of the last sites harvested each year. Farmed using agroecological and biodynamic methods (not certified).

Vintage Information

Rainfall in early winter was abundant, providing excellent moisture for pasture and cover crops. The growing season got off to an early start, with budbreak occurring towards the beginning of February. April was very mild and spring was one of the coolest since 2012. Moderate temperatures continued throughout most of June, with very cool and foggy conditions threatening the development of powdery mildew. Temperatures throughout summer were mild on average, ensuring ripening progressed slowly and predictably. Harvest began towards the middle of August for most of the Littorai sites, with the fruit from The Haven vineyard the last to be picked on September 22nd.

Vinification

The Chenin Blanc were the last grapes to be harvested. The day before the grapes were picked, the team passed through vineyard to remove any clusters affected by botrytis. Fermentation took place in a smalll stainless-steel tank and was fermented completely dry. The wine was aged for almost a year and a half on its original lees prior to bottling.

Tasting Notes

The 2016 Haven vineyard Chenin Blanc boasts beautiful, concentrated flavours of white peaches, stone fruit, lanolin and wet wool. The intensity of these flavours is well-balanced with racy acidity, which lifts the palate. A wine with great ageing potential.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2016
Grape varieties
Region Sonoma County, California
Winemaker Ted Lemon