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.
Planted in 2010, Wendling Vineyard Block E is Littorai’s youngest site and is farmed organically and biodynamically. It is situated on a long, steep, south-facing slope close to the coast. However, it is surprisingly protected, making it one of the earliest sites to pick and resulting in a darker fruit perfume. Its gravelly and well-drained, complex soils limit vine vigour.
This is aromatically very expressive with notes of blackberry, cherry, violets and liquorice. Fresh acidity and silky, well-integrated tannins give the palate structure with ripe dark fruit flavours. It is slow-building with a long, balanced finish.