History and Background
Littorai Wines, located in California's Sonoma Coast, was founded in 1993 by Ted and Heidi Lemon. The name "Littorai" is derived from the Latin word for "coast" and aptly represents the winery's coastal vineyard locations. Ted Lemon, an accomplished winemaker with experience in both Burgundy and the U.S., brings a philosophy of terroir-driven winemaking, emphasizing the unique characteristics of each vineyard site.
Vineyards and Terroir
Littorai's vineyards span the true north coast of California:
- Soil Composition: The vineyards benefit from diverse soil types, including Goldridge loam and marine sediments, which contribute to the complexity of the wines.
- Grape Varieties: Littorai primarily focuses on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, drawing inspiration from Burgundian winemaking traditions.
Wine Style and Production
Littorai wines are celebrated for their:
- Elegance, balance, and depth, showcasing the distinct terroirs of the Sonoma Coast and Anderson Valley.
- Ted Lemon's winemaking approach emphasizes minimal intervention, allowing the terroir to shine through in each bottle. Biodynamic and organic farming practices are employed, ensuring the health and vitality of the vineyards.
Littorai has garnered acclaim for producing some of the most elegant and terroir-expressive wines in California. Their wines, especially the Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays, are highly sought after by enthusiasts and critics alike, often drawing comparisons to the great wines of Burgundy due to their finesse and depth.
Littorai stands as a testament to the potential of the Sonoma Coast's terroir. Through Ted and Heidi Lemon's dedication, a deep understanding of the land, and a commitment to sustainable viticulture, Littorai produces wines that are not only reflective of their origin but also rank among California's finest. For those seeking wines with a true sense of place, Littorai offers an experience of elegance, purity, and authenticity.