Littorai Vineyards St Helena
Before establishing his own St Helena-based winery, Ted Lemon gained considerable winemaking experience in Burgundy as well as California. This is reflected in a range of Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs which are distinctly Burgundian in style. The winery name derives from the Latin litor and means ‘the coasts’; Lemon’s objective is to make the best examples he can of the Burgundy varieties from North Coast vineyard sources. Chardonnay is subtle, structured and only lightly tropical. Pinot Noir shows intense, subtle berry fruits and is always well meshed by firm but supple tannin. As well as the Charles Heintz and BA Thieriot bottlings, Chardonnay comes from Mays Canyon in the Russian River and The Tributary on the Sonoma Coast. A further Sonoma Coast white, Lemons Folly is a field blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Gewürztraminer. Pinot also emerges from Mays Canyon as well as the One Acre, Cerise and Roman vineyards in the cool Anderson Valley. Wines from The Haven, The Pivot and Mays Canyon vineyards on the Sonoma Coast are also made. That classic cool-climate red berry character is particularly apparent in the Savoy Vineyard Pinot; the BA Thieriot has more dark fruit and plum, being fuller and richer in texture. Expect the Chardonnays to develop well over 5–7 years. The Pinots and particularly the Savoy Vineyard will keep a little longer. (DM)
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