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Littorai, 2014 Littorai Pinot Noir The Pivot Vineyard

95
"The Pivot Vineyard is Littorai’s “home vineyard” surrounding the winery. It is composed mainly of Gold Ridge soil, is all biodynamically managed, and now that the vines are well-established (planted in 2004), it is dry farmed. Pale to medium ruby-purple, the 2014 Pinot Noir The Pivot Vineyard offers notes of black raspberries and black cherries with underlying touches of fallen leaves, charcoal and black soil, plus a waft of Provence herbs. Medium-bodied with a firm backbone of chewy tannins, it has plenty of complex earth and black fruit flavor layers with a lovely herbal lift on the finish. 430 cases were made."
–Mar-17
Vinous
Littorai, 2014 Littorai Pinot Noir The Pivot Vineyard

94
"The 2014 Pinot Noir The Pivot Estate Vineyard is soft, juicy and very pretty. Bright red cherry, chalk and white flowers are some of the signatures. Like most of these wines, the Pivot appears to be very shut down and bottle shocked. There is lovely purity to the flavors that is just waiting to emerge."
–Mar-17

Littorai, 2014 Littorai Pinot Noir The Pivot Vineyard

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2014 Littorai Pinot Noir The Pivot Vineyard
Littorai

100% Pinot Noir

Heidi and Ted Lemon purchased the Gold Ridge Estate in 2003 with the intention of building the “model farm.” The Pivot Vineyard is 3 acres within the 30 acre estate, making it one component of the biodiverse ecosystem. Farmed using biodynamic methods since it’s inception, The Pivot sits on classic Gold Ridge soils over marine-origin sandstone. This clay within dynamic soil type allows for just enough water retention to feed the vines in an average year. The goal is to dryfarm the vineyard. The wine spends 16 months in French oak (25% new). (430 cs)

2014 Vintage
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.

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