Littorai Pivot Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018


“The 2018 Pinot Noir The Pivot Estate Vineyard is a bold, direct wine. One of the more tightly wound Pinots in this range, the Pivot exudes energy and drive, with striking aromatic presence and brilliant minerality. Time in the glass brings out pretty floral overtones, but readers should plan on being patient here, as the 2018 needs time to flesh out. 93-96 points

As always, I tasted two full vintages at Littorai with Ted Lemon. The 2018 Pinots, all of which are still in barrel, are shaping up to be truly special. That is evident from the first wine in the tasting, the Savoy Pinot. Lemon told me he used more whole clusters than ever before in 2018. In tasting, the wines are marked by an extreme sense of transparency. Sadly, the Cerise Pinot fell victim to smoke taint. That is pretty much the only unfortunate event of 2018. I found the Chardonnays much more reticent than the Pinots. Those wines are in tank, and my impression is that those wines are going through a dumb phase. It happens. The bottled 2017s have largely turned out as I had expected. Overall, the wines are strong, although there is no getting around the challenges of the heat, especially in some of the Pinots. The Chardonnays generally fared better.”

Antonio Galloni, Vinous (01/20)

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