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Littorai Cerise Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017

Littorai Cerise Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017

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"The 2017 Pinot Noir Cerise Vineyard is powerful, rich and quite savory. In this tasting, the Cerise is one of the more tightly wound wines in the range. Savory herb, tobacco, chalk, white pepper and dried flowers add aromatic nuance, while the fruit lies very much in the background. The tannins are imposing at this stage, but time in barrel should help. 91-94 points

As usual, Ted Lemon offers terrific perspective that comes from both experience and working across a number of sites in both Sonoma and Anderson Valley. Lemon told me he saw more fruit that needed to be sorted out because of heat in Anderson Valley than in Sonoma. "Two thousand seventeen was a warm year," Ted Lemon opined. "But I also saw many days with wider temperature gradients from coastal to inland sites than I am used to." As for the wines, they are superb. Among the 2017s, my impression is that the Pinots have a bit more potential than the Chardonnays. The Wendling in particular is shaping up to be a real gem. The bottled 2016s have turned out as I had expected."

Antonio Galloni, Vinous (05/19)