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Littorai, 2014 Littorai Chardonnay Charles Heintz Vineyard

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"Apricot pit, white flowers, mint and lemon confit are given an extra kick of creaminess and palate texture in the 2014 Chardonnay Charles Heintz Vineyard. Soft, open-knit and inviting, the 2014 captures all the signatures of this great site in its palate feel and weight. What a gorgeous wine this is."
–Mar-17

Littorai, 2014 Littorai Chardonnay Charles Heintz Vineyard

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2014 Littorai Chardonnay Charles Heintz Vineyard
Littorai

100% Chardonnay

This site lies at 800 feet elevation on a gently rolling plateau one half mile east of Occidental and seven miles west of the Pacific. It was planted in 1983. The Littorai section is farmed using only organic materials. They have been sourcing the same seven rows of Charles Heintz Vineyard for 18 years. Gold Ridge loam is the soil type.

The wine spends 11 months in French oak (25% new) and 5 months in stainless steel before bottling. (380 cs)

2014 Vintage
Some vintages are very expressive as soon as they finish primary fermentation in barrel. Others come around more slowly. In the early months of barrel aging, the 2014 chardonnays had great acidity but that seemed to dominate everything else. Hence my early tasting notes are full of comments like “time will tell” or “promising but very linear now”. In the last few months of aging the 2014 vintage really came around. The Ph. levels of the 2014s are similar to the 2013s (read low, which means high acidity) but the total acidities are actually higher. The last few months of aging prior to bottling have given the wines time to integrate that acidity and allowed additional aromatic complexity to develop. The acidity is bold and the finishes are very long. This should be another vintage which will age very well.

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