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.
Littorai is the longest-standing buyer of fruit from the Hirsch vineyard and is also responsible for converting the site to biodynamic farming. The site is a series of ridged hilltops, which run inland from the Pacific Ocean at 365 to 472 metres above sea level. The vines are planted on gravelly loam and Hugo Josephine complex soils.
This wine has great aromatic complexity with rose petals, orange zest, forest floor, and hints of fresh herbs and red liquorice. The palate is expressive with excellent tannin and concentrated acidity. Flavours of cherry and wild strawberry give way to more floral notes on the long finish.