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. The Lemons‘ 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 minmal intervention in the winemaking.
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 it’s 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.
2011 was a comparatively cool summer to previous years. Flowering was late, falling in the second half of June for all sites. The fruit set was very modest with many sites producing very small, seedless, “shot” berries. While such berries are great for wine quality due to the large skin to juice ratio, they dramatically reduce yields. During the first two weeks of September, the fog intrusion began to retreat as temperatures rose with the lovely weather. Early October was marked by two significant rainfalls. Only on October 14th did a drier, warmer pattern emerge. There is no doubt that the exceptional quality of the 2011 wines can be attributed to the winemakers‘ patience in pursuit of berry ripeness.
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.
2011 Pinot shows sappy raspberry tones, black twig apple, confectionary notes, rhubarb and green tea. It possesses a lovely freshness imparted by the whole clusters. Supple but significant tannins with good length and harmony.
100% Pinot Noir
|Region||Sonoma County, California|
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