LBTG - with Alan hosting: my least fav in the flight. Nothing personal but this was just a bit ripe and unwieldy for me. the touch of heat at the start did dissipate with time - and it is a young wine. Violets, cherry cola and some oak on the nose. Rustic mid with sweet ripe candied cherry - and a hint of iron. nice ripe finish but just a touch too soft. good but not my style.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.