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.
The Haven is Littorai's original estate vineyard and where they first started farming biodynamically. Ted considers this one of his Grand Cru vineyards. Planted in 2001, the site is a microcosm of the diversity of soils within the Sonoma Coast, containing greenstone, sandstone and shale. At 366 metres above sea level, this is a late ripening, cool site.
The nose is very intense with brandied cherries, plum and black liquorice with hints of black pepper and sweet spices. A lovely richness on the palate gives way to flavours of cherry, grippy tannins and fresh acidity.