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 Vintage2012 Label 1 of 6 
ProducerLittorai (web)
VarietyPinot Noir
SubRegionSonoma County
AppellationSonoma Coast
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Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2014 and 2017 (based on 8 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Littorai Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91.1 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 30 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by BobS on 5/26/2015 & rated 91 points: Glad I bought a case. looking forward to the rest of the bottles over the next several years (246 views)
 Tasted by davegorton54 on 11/30/2014 & rated 95 points: A perfect sense of place. Currants, eucalyptus. Pretty light body. Good God, this is tasty. (1385 views)
 Tasted by CelebrateLife! on 11/24/2014 & rated 90 points: Dull ruby color. Strawberry jam, bright cherries, raspberry, lemon peel on the nose. Warm baking spices plus cinnamon palate follows. Moderate acidity well balanced with medium finish. Ripe fruit. (1208 views)
 Tasted by Rieslingfan on 11/3/2014: Medium bodied and very well balanced, this is delicious to drink now. It has enough structure for some mid-term aging (maybe 3-5 years), but there is about zero chance I will allow it that time. I like the red fruit and subtle spiciness too much now. I don't see any of my bottles suriving to mid-2015. (1725 views)
 Tasted by tzelmer on 10/12/2014 & rated 89 points: Light to medium bodied. Cherry fruit, vanilla oak. Not a big wine, subtle for a Sonoma Pinot. Will be good with classic burgundy food. Very elegant. Not a long aging wine, drink soon. (1490 views)
 Tasted by Erik12903 on 7/19/2014 & rated 90 points: littorai (At the winery): A little timid nose, light colour, light wine, elegant, very fine pinosity, not so structured, drink now wine that will not stand up to heavy food but oh so lovely. (2140 views)
 Tasted by Mike Dildine on 6/22/2014 & rated 92 points: 13.3% alcohol. Medium-light burgundy in color. Expressive, mostly red fruit aromas. On the palate, raspberry, red cherry with a nice spice element. Good acidic backbone, medium depth, lingering aftertaste. Still primary and will benefit with more time in the cellar. A very pretty wine. (1569 views)
 Tasted by A6Rover on 5/19/2014 & rated 91 points: Drank with an unintentionally spicy plate of ricotta ravioli and marinara, and then wine provided a nice, quaffable foil to the food. Agree with previous reviewers on the Burgundy-like restraint and lightness, even if it would be hard to compare to Burgundy flavors. Wish I had a case, but the price is a bit high to make it a casual dinner wine. (1566 views)
 Tasted by beezer6 on 4/9/2014 & rated 89 points: West of West Wine Festival (City Winery, Chicago, IL): Herbs and dried leaves. Lighter and less aromatic. Rustic. (1663 views)
 Tasted by Burgundy Al on 4/9/2014: West of West Wine Festival (West Sonoma Coast Vintners) (City Winery - Chicago IL): Tasting, brief note. Mostly red, some black fruit aromas and flavors. Very good balance and mouth feel. Moderate intensity and length. Good now, slightly simple, better in a few years. (2600 views)
 Tasted by thelostverse on 4/9/2014 & rated 90 points: West of West - Chicago. Nice appellation bottling with red and black fruits. (1616 views)
 Tasted by jeffreylubowski on 3/29/2014 & rated 89 points: My second bottle. No decant. Drank without food. This wasn't showing as well as a couple months ago. Not sure why. Same strawberry and rose petals. Light color. I love everything littorai. Maybe we just guzzled this one too fast. (1456 views)
 Tasted by amateurwino on 3/28/2014 & rated 92 points: Ted Lemon's background working in Burgundy really shows in this wine. While this wouldn't be mistaken for a Burg, the lightness and delicacy while retaining impactfulness shows pinot noir in a glorious incarnation; it has a palate weight feel more common in burgundy than in California. The mouthfeel is silky and light, like a good village Volnay. The fruit is recognizably Sonoma Coast, leans toward red cherries and cranberry, and shows a pleasing bit of sappiness. A touch of oak lends a creaminess. Surprisingly approachable for such a young wine, this is not a long ager but is exactly what an appellation pinot should be - early drinking but a great rendition of pinot noir in a light style. (1070 views)
 Tasted by domco on 2/24/2014: While we mostly enjoyed this bottle, agree w/ TKS9 that there was something a bit tart that was slightly offputting. I think might just need some more time to all come together. I'll wait a yr or two on the next bottle. (1184 views)
 Tasted by Capt Cutlass on 2/8/2014 & rated 88 points: Light Burgundy color but a big strawberry nose. Very un-Burgundian on the palate with strawberry jam and raspberry richness, zero tannins and almost a touch of sugar. No back bone to this but quite enjoyable as a simple, mono-dimensional, very ripe Pinot Noir. (1148 views)
 Tasted by TKS9 on 1/29/2014 & rated 90 points: Pale colored but weightier than expected, this is a little one dimensional at this stage with an abundant red fruit attack of mostly not-quite-ripe cherries, a bit of strawberry layered in the middle, and finishing with a slightly offputting cranberry juice note and acidity. What little spice there is on the nose barely comes through on the palate and, while reasonably well-balanced, this clearly lacks the nuance and complexity of the single vineyard wines. Overall, a very solid showing but a mediocre QPR leaves me unsure if I would buy this again, absent meaningful improvement with more time in bottle. Will wait 2+ years on the second bottle. (1179 views)
 Tasted by rosenst1 on 1/23/2014 & rated 92 points: Popped and poured; Light red, red fruited nose with a spicy character, quite rich in aroma. Lovely mouthful of wine; more intensity than the color would indicate; excellent acid/fruit balance with a touch of blood orange on the finish. More intense than the 2012 Les Larmes. Nice drink now but will age well given the balance; good harbinger of things to come for 2012 from the SC. (1222 views)
 Tasted by jeffreylubowski on 1/11/2014 & rated 90 points: decanted for an hour. had with sausage. beautiful light purple restrained color. see through in places. strawberry violets rose petals. tannins dissipating. high acidity. my friend said it was the lightest red wine hes ever tasted. perfect in a year or two. (1536 views)
 Tasted by Mike Dildine on 12/10/2013 & rated 92 points: Very pure, balanced and tasty. A very nice appellation pinot! (1243 views)
 Tasted by Mike Dildine on 9/20/2013 & rated 92 points: 13.3% alcohol. Light, transparent ruby. Expressive floral and red fruit aromas. Strawberry and rose petals on the palate, with a hint of rhubarb. A nice bracing acidic backbone. Very well balanced and still fairly primary, this wine should develop nicely over the next several years.

A restrained, nuanced, very pretty wine. (1379 views)
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2012 Littorai Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

73% Sonoma Coast Vineyard designate lots,
13% Platt Vineyard,
14% Hirsch Vineyard

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.


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