Husband and wife team Ted and Heidi Lemon are behind this family-run winery, established in 1993. Ted began his career in Burgundy and has worked for some of the region's top estates including Domaine Guy Roulot in Meursault where he was winemaker and vineyard manager, the first American to ever hold such a position in Burgundy! Heidi has similarly worked for some of California's top producers including Robert Long Vineyards and Stag's Leap Wine Cellars.
Ted and Heidi's mission with Littorai was to find the best spot to grow Pinot Noir and Chardonnay along the littoral (coastal) zones of the USA. They searched the west coast before finally finding their top spot in the 'true' north of California - the coastal mountains of Sonoma and Mendocino Counties. All the vineyards have been farmed biodynamically since 2001 and there is minimal intervention in the winemaking.
2018 was an outstanding vintage which produced "excellent purity and concentration" according to Ted. Winter and early spring saw good levels of rainfall. June and July brought mild weather and the vines responded with healthy canopy development. Mid-August to September saw cool temperatures and consistent night-time fog, slowing veraison. Fortunately, very little rot developed during this cool period. Mild conditions continued throughout the harvest period. Healthy fruit, plenty of time to pick each site at optimum ripeness with no weather pressure, and the vintage’s inherent quality all conspired to produce an exceptional result.
Aromas of candied peach and green melon give way to subtle hints of rose and beeswax. The palate is elegant and precise with linear acidity and a hidden richness.