`Les Larmes` Anderson Valley 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 'Les Larmes' Pinot Noir is made from declassified fruit from Littorai’s single vineyard wines and from additional Anderson Valley sites. The vineyards are a mixture of conventional, organic and biodynamic farming.

Vintage Information

The 2017 growing season started off with record setting rainfalls, which were greatly appreciated later in the seaon. A heatwave in June drove canopy growth and resulted in smaller berries than average, The warm weather continued and two weeks of extremely hot weather in September set off a furious picking schedule with another early harvest in Anderson Valley.

Vinification

All grapes were harvested by hand. Upon arrival at the winery, fermentation with 30% whole bunch took place in open-top fermenters with native yeasts. The was aged for ten months in French oak, 15% new.

Tasting Notes

Aromatic notes of red plum, raspberry, cranberry and candied orange peel. On the palate, the flavours are extremely concentrated with good tannin structure and bright acidity.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2017
Grape varieties 100% Pinot Noir
Region Sonoma County, California
Winemaker Ted Lemon
Alcohol (ABV) 13%