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 Vintage2009 Label 1 of 3 
ProducerLittorai (web)
VarietyPinot Noir
VineyardSavoy Vineyard
SubRegionNorth Coast
AppellationAnderson Valley

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2013 and 2018 (based on 8 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Littorai Pinot Noir Savoy Vineyard on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91.5 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 33 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by MV2007 on 5/1/2015 & rated 93 points: Elegant new world pinot. Aromas of violets, spice, and red, bright fruit. These carry through on the palate with complexity and balance. This wine is still vibrant and can go several more years but its drinking well now. Decanted for 30 minutes and improved in the glass. (431 views)
 Tasted by kcp on 2/1/2015 & rated 92 points: Better than the last bottle - more subtle fruit, more complexity. (843 views)
 Tasted by jeffreylubowski on 1/4/2015 & rated 92 points: Had at farmshop in larkspur . Only got one glass or so. Bright ruby. Sweet cherry nose. Red fruit and cedar. Very fresh and bright. Very Anderson valley. Lovely wine. (1180 views)
 Tasted by Double D on 10/26/2014 & rated 93 points: Elegant, well balanced nice medium bodies fruit flavors. (1306 views)
 Tasted by kcp on 6/12/2014 & rated 91 points: Still has a reticent nose and slow to open--still needs 2 hours air time--much like the last bottle I opened. Intense fruit and spice, but not yet settled. Its future is all yet ahead of it--I'd hold off on the next bottle for 2, 3, 5 years. I think it's that strong. (1772 views)
 Tasted by kcp on 2/25/2014 & rated 92 points: Lovely right out of the chute, but seemed to fade after 2 hours. (2008 views)
 Tasted by Life At Your Leisure on 2/22/2014 & rated 90 points: Light ruby color turning orange at the edges with a transparent rim. The nose gives off light scents of earth, leather, red berries and licorice. The palate is light-bodied with a smooth, silky texture and medium acidity. Flavors of red cherry, smoky cedar and graphite are prevalent that lends to a soft, elegant ride along the finish. Drink now until 2019. (1672 views)
 Tasted by svpandae on 1/12/2014 & rated 92 points: West Shore Cafe. Superb. (1738 views)
 Tasted by PVTerroir on 12/28/2013 & rated 93 points: Fine texture and sumptuous mouth-feeel, silky and lithe but deeply concentrated and New World. Strawberries and creme, ripe raspberry, sous bois, and sweet, floral undertones build a crescendo of flavor and scent. Impressively expressive. (1459 views)
 Tasted by Phillybadger on 11/9/2013 & rated 95 points: Savoy typically isn't my favorite Littorai vineyard, but this bottle floored me. I had opened one 9 months previously and was underwhelmed. I decanted the wine at a Philadelphia BYO that specializes in pork (sadly the meal was a big disappointment and the wine was the star) for about 30 minutes prior to drinking. Probably could have benefited from even more time as each glass surpassed the previous. Perfect balance between Burgundy subtlety and California fruit. Nose was floral with a bit more fruit than you'd expect from a Burgundy, red fruit deliciousness. Tons of complexity, and a super finish that lingers (in a positive way). Have one more bottle and can't wait to try it 6-12 months from now, with 2 hours in the decanter. (1392 views)
 Tasted by kthornton78 on 4/17/2013 & rated 93 points: this wine loved a couple of hours of air. initially tight, with the oak dominating, air revealed a nice balance of soft red fruits, cool sap and pine notes with a hint of spice in the background. the acidity lingers and carries the fruit through to the finish of more savory notes. (2062 views)
 Tasted by Richard Jennings on 3/7/2013 & rated 93 points: Very light red color; appealing, baked cherry, French oak, lightly savory nose; tasty, silky textured, delicate, tart cherry, baked raspberry palate with grip; medium-plus finish 93+ points (802 views)
 Tasted by AlexGarner on 2/9/2013 & rated 94 points: Littorai, Burn Cottage and Evesham Wood tasting (Prince Wine Store - Bank Street): There is a dusty and earthy note to the currant and spice laden nose that leads to the succulent palette that shows great ageing potential. (2339 views)
 Tasted by jrkennedy37 on 1/24/2013 & rated 92 points: Lush fruit with deep dark red fruit looming. This needs time, hope I can find another! (2122 views)
 Tasted by vancouvermatt on 11/29/2012 & rated 93 points: Fantastic wine, I could smell it all day. Incredibly complex, very balanced, below 14% alcohol. (2379 views)
 Tasted by cpsmith33 on 4/22/2012 & rated 89 points: In Pursuit of Balance (NYC): Nice cola and spice nose. Earth. Nice minerality, needs a lot of time. (3025 views)
 Tasted by amateurwino on 4/18/2012 & rated 93 points: Nose is floral, pretty, wow. Touch of smoky mineral and earth adds further to the captivating nose. Palate is structured, but clean, has an appealing lightness like the Kutch wines. Slight sappiness to the finish. Will need time, but this is awesome stuff. 93-94 (2418 views)
 Tasted by cartime on 4/5/2012 & rated 89 points: Littorai Wine Dinner (Tony's - Houston, TX): Black cherry, red currant, cola, and baking spice nose with some meaty, gamey notes. Pretty and delicate on the palate with black cherry and earthy minerals. Nice acid and fine, powdery tannins. With some air, the gamey notes blew off and some caramel and maple aromas became evident. Lost some cut and became a bit simpler on the palate as the night progressed. My least favorite Pinot of the night, but still not a bad effort. 89-90. (2308 views)
 Tasted by Jeff Leve on 3/15/2012 & rated 90 points: Spicy strawberry, cherry and mineral aromas, plush, supple textures and a long, fresh, sweet black raspberry and kirsch finish. (2261 views)
 Tasted by Richard Jennings on 10/23/2011 & rated 92 points: 2011 Pinot on the River: Sonoma Pinot Noir and More (Town Square, Healdsburg, California): Medium red color with pale meniscus; tart cherry, baked raspberry nose; tasty, focused, tart cherry, cinnamon, baked raspberry palate; medium-plus finish (3282 views)
 Tasted by alanr on 4/10/2011 & rated 93 points: TN: California Pinot "In Pursuit of Balance" tasting (RN74 Restaurant, San Francisco): Hint of toast and smoke on the nose, very nice dark cherry fruit, excellent structure and balance. Very nice. (3009 views)
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By Antonio Galloni
Vinous, The Best of Sonoma (Feb 2012)
(Littorai Pinot Noir Savoy Anderson Valley) Subscribe to see review text.
By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, May/Jun 2011, Issue #33, Recently Tasted California Wines The Search for Traditionalists Turns Up A Crowd
(Pinot Noir “Savoy Vineyard” (Anderson Valley)- Littorai Vineyards) Login and sign up and see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2011, IWC Issue #156
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By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (3/7/2013)
(Littorai Pinot Noir Savoy Vineyard) Very light red color; appealing, baked cherry, French oak, lightly savory nose; tasty, silky textured, delicate, tart cherry, baked raspberry palate with grip; medium-plus finish 93+ points  93 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (10/23/2011)
(Littorai Pinot Noir Savoy Vineyard) Medium red color with pale meniscus; tart cherry, baked raspberry nose; tasty, focused, tart cherry, cinnamon, baked raspberry palate; medium-plus finish  92 points
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Pinot Noir

Varietal character (Appellation America) | Varietal article (Wikipedia)
Pinot Noir is the Noble red grape of Burgundy, capable of ripening in a cooler climate, which Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot will not reliably do. It is unpredictable and difficult both to grow and to vinify, but results in some of the finest reds in the world. It is believed to have been selected from wild vines two thousand years ago. It is also used in the production of champagne. In fact, more Pinot Noir goes into Champagne than is used in all of the Cote d'Or! It is also grown in Alsace, Germany, the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Croatia, Serbia, Italy, Austria, and so forth, with varying degrees of success.

Savoy Vineyard

The meticulously farmed vineyard of Richard Savoy lies in one of the coolest regions of Anderson Valley just west of the town of Philo. The southwest-facing slopes are cooled by afternoon breezes and the effects of the coastal climate. We harvest seven clones from different sections of the vineyard to create the final blend, capturing the full range and quality of Savoy.


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California Wines (Wine Institute of California)

California is one of the most diverse wine regions in the world, with almost 100 grape varieties grown in over 100 viticultural areas, including dozens of ­different microclimates and soil types, as well as a very individualistic set of ­winemakers, many with international experience, which adds to and deepens that diversity.

North Coast

The North Coast American Viticultural Area (AVA) in California, covering more than three million acres, includes Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake counties, and portions of Marin and Solano counties. (see The Wine Institute for more information)

Anderson Valley

http://www.avwines.com/anderson-valley-appellation-map/ Anderson Valley stretches from Yorkville Highlands (located in a highland meadow straddling the upper Rancheria Creek and upper Dry Creek watersheds) through Boonville (located on Anderson Creek) and Philo (located on Indian Creek) to Navarro (located on Soda Creek). Rancheria, Anderson, Indian and Soda creeks are tributaries to the Navarro River, which flows north and west through the coastal range to the Pacific Ocean; Dry Creek flows south into the Russian River watershed in Sonoma County. The main stem of the Navarro River begins less than a mile south of Philo at the confluence of Anderson Creek and Rancheria Creek. The mouth of the Navarro is 10 miles (16 km) south of Mendocino, California. Encompassing 315 square miles (816 km²), the Navarro River watershed is the largest coastal basin in Mendocino County.

Such unique geography results in a wide diurnal range, with daily high and low temperatures occasionally diverging 40 or 50 degrees. This enables Pinot Noir growers to keep acid development in line with sugar and flavor formation through long, warm Indian summers. It also makes for superb Gewurztraminer and Riesling, giving rise to the valley’s annual Alsatian Varietals and Pinot Noir festivals.

The climate in the Anderson Valley appellation is tempered by cool marine air. Steep hills and mountains surround rolling to nearly level alluvial terraces. The dominant natural vegetation is a mixed forest of Coast Redwood, various native oak varieties, and Douglas-fir. Elevation ranges from sea level to 2,500 feet (760 m). The average annual precipitation ranges from 35 to 80 inches (900 to 2000 mm). The average annual temperature is about 53 °F (12 °C), and the average frost-free season ranges from 220 to 365 days. Towards the coast the summers are cool and moist with frequent fog, while the interior Anderson Valley proper features a warm to hot summer climate similar to nearby interior regions, with daytime highs occasionally in excess of 100 °F (38 °C).

Visitors to the Valley should come prepared for cool evenings and warm days. Locals dress in layers year round.

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