Littorai B.A. Thieriot Vineyard Chardonnay 2019


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“The 2019 Chardonnay Thieriot Vineyard stands apart from the other Chardonnays in this range for its bright, crystalline personality. Crushed rocks, white pepper, slate, pear and lemon peel all grace this absolutely exquisite Chardonnay from Littorai. There is a feeling of transparency here that is so utterly beguiling. Drinking window: 2022-2031. 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)