2012 Littorai "Hirsch Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Intensely saline and energetic, the 2012 Pinot Noir Hirsch Vineyard comes across as quite tannic and closed in on itself. Even with all of its structure, the Hirsch boasts translucent beauty in its aromatics and fruit, with hints of inner sweetness that emerge on the finish. This is a distinctly Nebbiolo-like Pinot that requires - no, demands - at least a few years in bottle. It will be interesting to see what time brings. (AG)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(13.0% alcohol): Full, bright red. Huckleberry, spicy oak and a hint of white pepper on the nose, with intriguing soil tones and a sexy floral topnote; showed a wilder herbal component with air. Large-scaled and broad, but with no undue impression of weight to the classically dry flavors of berries, spices and flowers. Finishes with big, dusty, building tannins that should bite into fatty meats. Or, better yet, cellar this for a few years. Some of the low-alcohol boys of Sonoma and Anderson Valley should try to figure out how Ted Lemon is able achieve so much breadth, texture and depth of flavor at 13% alcohol. (ST)
With fuller aromatics, less apparent fruit, and the most muscular presence of the Littorai Pinots, the Hirsch Vineyard carries notes of conifer forest and pine sap, a touch of citrus, and floral accents. The wine carries delicious palate tension, with lots of mouthwatering length, and chiselled tannin. 17.5/20 points (ECB)
Very taut and herbal, this is well-built and true to form, presenting a mix of loamy earth, dried berry, sage and underbrush flavors. Ends very dry and savory. (JL, Web-2015)
Littorai derives their unique sustainable farming techniques from the fertile cross currents of permaculture, agro-ecology and the agricultural philosophy of Rudolf Steiner, the father of biodynamic farming. In addition to using only natural materials, they avoid all fertilizers. Estate produced compost is their “fertilizer” of choice. For those sites which they do not farm themselves, they use by-the-acre contracts to insure maximum quality and vineyard control, and they strongly encourage all of their farmer-partners to use only organic materials. They do not employ farm certification systems, as they believe that the true motivation for engaging in sustainable farming practices should not be for marketing purposes, but should be only for the good of the land, for the good of those who work it and for the future generations to whom it truly belongs.