Littorai Pinot Noir Les Larmes Anderson Valley 2018
Littorai Wines, founded by Heidi and Ted Lemon, specializes in single-vineyard designated wines from the true north coast of California. Ted’s winemaking is inspired by his time serving as the first American vineyard manager and winemaker of a Burgundian estate, Domaine Guy Roulot in Meursault. Les Larmes (French for “tears”) is a great mix of muscular tannins and dark fruit.
Littorai's philosophy of winemaking is inspired by Ted's years in France and is based upon the concept of terroir. All of the sites in the Littorai vineyard portfolio have been carefully selected by Ted. Many of these are steep hillsides where yields and ripening conditions are marginal.
Fruit sorting happens at the harvest and again in the cellar. All Pinots are cold soaked.They all undergo native yeast fermentation and complete malolactic fermentation (as long as nature cooperates). They also are bottled unfined and unfiltered and are bottled directly off their original lees.
Robert Parker raves, "All of the Littorai offerings, made by Ted Lemon, are nuanced, restrained, elegant efforts that are no doubt the result of his Burgundian winemaking experience at Domaine Roulot."