Littorai Cerise Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019


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“The 2019 Pinot Noir Cerise Vineyard is deep, layered and super expressive. With a bit of air, the Cerise starts to flesh out, showing its breath and creaminess. Blood orange accents add brightness to a core of red cherry/plum fruit. All the elements build into a dramatic, expansive finish laced with exquisite aromatics that only become more vivid with time. In 2019 the Cerise is stellar. Drinking window: 2024-2034. 95 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)