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  • Littorai Wendling Vineyard Block E Pinot Noir 2019


    “The 2019 Pinot Noir Wendling Vineyard Block E marries fruit intensity and structure with stunning balance. On the palate, the Wendling is huge, and yet the tannins perfectly wrap everything together. Black cherry, licorice, spice and tobacco bring out darker shades of Pinot expression. The 2019 is an especially virile Wendling. It will be interesting to see if time softens some of that brooding intensity. Drinking window: 2024-2034. 96+ points

    Ted Lemon describes 2019 as year with a good deal of rain early on and average crop levels. Harvest began on September 3, moderately early, but more or less in line with historical norms, and wrapped up on October 8. I thought the Anderson Valley Pinots were especially fine this year, but all the Pinots are marked by energy and the purity of flavor that is such a house signature. A recent bottle of the 2017 Wendling Pinot Noir reminded me of how these wines really blossom with a bit of time in bottle. Lastly, the 2019 Chardonnays are also absolutely brilliant across the board, another reminder of just how strong the vintage has turned out to be for Chardonnay.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (01/21)

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