"The 2014 Pinot Noir Cerise Vineyard is delicate, nuanced and understated. Even so, there is plenty of underlying grip. Rose petal, cranberry, chalk and white pepper add aromatic intensity in the upper register, while the tannins give the wine its vibrancy and energy. Even with all of its obvious appeal, the 2014 is tightly wound and in need of cellaring." –Mar-17
"Medium ruby-purple in color, the 2014 Pinot Noir Cerise Vineyard has a lovely earth-dominated nose with notes of tar, black soil, underbrush and fungi over a core of mulberries, black berries and black cherries plus a hint of anise. Light to medium-bodied, it has a firm frame of grainy tannins and uplifting acidity supporting the muscular, earthy flavors, finishing chewy. 550 cases were made."
Cerise is a beautiful hillside vineyard situated between 800 and 1100 feet elevation in the northeast range of mountains above the town of
Booneville. This is the warmer side of the Anderson Valley, where with the fog intrusion you find great diurnal swings. Coupled with
poor top soils, this steep exposition allows them to harvest fruit with a high skin-to- juice ratio from the struggling vines. The soils vary within the three cascading hills that make up Littorai’s parcels of the vineyard allowing for complex and well-structured wines. The wine spends 16 months in French oak (25% new). (550 cs)
The 2014 vintage was the second vintage in a row of copious yields. Hence for a second year in a row rigorous thinning was required in many vineyards. This involved multiple passes to ensure that crop levels were not excessive. Yields were slightly lower than 2013 and there was a much greater percentage of small shot (seedless) berries. These small berries contribute significantly to the concentration of the wines. This is a concentrated vintage with plenty of aging potential. They will certainly please both in their youth and with several years of aging.