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 Pivot vineyard, which surrounds the winery, was planted in 2004 and lies at 150 metres above sea level on a south-facing slope. The soils are Gold Ridge loam, a sandy clay loam, over marine origin sandstone. The clay component retains just enough water to feed the vines. The site has been farmed using biodynamic methods since its inception.
“A textbook example of the 2018 vintage” according to Ted, this wine displays fresh fruit perfumes with underlying herbal notes. The site’s trademark elegance and purity of fruit are evident on the palate, but with more structure and tannin than in recent vintages. This has great ageing potential.