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  • Littorai Cerise Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017

    £84.99

    “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)

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  • Littorai Les Larmes Pinot Noir 2019

    £58.49

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  • Littorai One Acre Pinot Noir 2018

    £94.99

    “The 2018 Pinot Noir One Acre is deep, powerful and explosive. A rush of dark red/purplish fruit, cedar, licorice, menthol, pine and sweet tobacco builds as this super-expressive, potent Pinot shows off its magnificent, shimmering depth and overall complexity. 94-96 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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  • Littorai Wendling Vineyard Block E Pinot Noir 2018

    £76.49

    “The 2018 Pinot Noir Wendling Vineyard Block E shows all of the fruit intensity that is so typical of this site, with an extra kick of both acid and tannic clout than has been the case in the past. Perhaps that is the 33% whole clusters, the most since this wine was first made in 2015. The 2018 is going to be fascinating to watch, as it is captivating. Moreover, all the wines I have tasted from Wendling so far have been deeply intriguing. 94-97 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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  • Radio-Coteau Savoy Vineyard Chardonnay 2017

    £55.99

    “The 2017 Chardonnay Savoy is rich, dense and super-expressive. Lemon confit, sweet spice and tropical overtones give the 2017 a bit more body, resonance and raciness than is often the case. All of that makes the 2017 a terrific choice for drinking now and over the next few years. Drinking window: 2020-2027. 93 points

    My tasting at Radio-Coteau with Eric Sussman and Davida Ebner was among the highlights of my January trip to Sonoma. Often when producers make a wide range of wines, there are different levels of success throughout the range. Very few wineries excel at seemingly everything. Radio-Coteau is among them. Every wine is just spot-on. As always, the approach centers around sourcing fruit from a handful of top sustainably-farmed sites and working with minimal intervention in the cellar. That means indigenous fermentations, no SO2 until after malolactic fermentation and no racking until bottling. Eric Sussman told me he used a little less whole cluster in 2018 than 2017 because the stems were not quite as ripe and he did not want to push the stem character too much. In tasting, the 2018s have the signatures of a long cool growing season with no shocks, the most important being striking aromatic intensity and perfectly ripe tannins. The bottled 2017s turned out as I had expected and are among the most compelling wines of that year.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (01/20)

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  • Radio-Coteau Savoy Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015

    £59.99

    “Radio-Coteau’s 2015 Pinot Noir Savoy shows the exotic, racy personality of the year in its super-ripe red fruit, hard candy, spice and soaring aromatics and voluptuous personality. The Savoy is the most overtly ripe of these 2015 Pinots, and yet all the elements simply fall into place effortlessly. Drinking window: 2018-2027. 94 points

    This is a superb set of wines from Eric Sussman and Davida Ebner. My Radio-Coteau tasting was a little later than normal this year (we can thank intense flooding for that), but one of the benefits was that I was able to see more finished, bottled wine than in the past. The 2014s are just as compelling from bottle as they were from barrel. Some of the 2014s show the struggle of the drought year, but the wines are strong across the board. The 2015s offer the combination of intensity of fruit and freshness that is the signature of this great Sonoma vintage. Sadly, Radio-Coteau has moved out of the Platt vineyard, which means there is no more Platt Riesling or Pinot Noir in the range. As always, the Pinots are vinified with a relatively small amount of stems, usually around 10-20% depending on the wine and are bottled over-vintage, with 16-17 in barrel. Similarly, the Syrahs also see some stem inclusion (30-40%) and are bottled with 21-22 months in oak. Those are mere details, however. What stands out most is a total commitment to quality, expressing site-specific character and sustainable, artisan family practices, all of which place Radio-Coteau squarely among California’s elite, small production estates.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (03/17)

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