PnP. Medium light red. Highly complex nose melding various herbs with red fruits (strawberry, cherry, raspberry). Lovely medium weight palate impression with a weightlessness to it. No discernable tannins to resolve. This is excellent and ready to drink as noted by the Littorai folks on the 2010 Pinots in their last mailer.
A fruit driven Pinot for Littorai's usual approach. I don't get much terroir, loam or clay out of this; earth is missing overtly but I get the sense it's there holding the fruit together. The fruit is sublime. Not forward. It develops on the tongue, some kirsch to start then more cherry skin, some tart plum and florals. The pivot strikes me as having different fruit than other Littorai vineyards. Beautiful wine.
It's drinking well now and I'd front load this wine in the drinking window.
Very ripe, but not overripe, pretty black/blue berry fruit, with all kinds of interesting earthy/foresty nuances (judicious whole cluster?) and just a very slight hint of light-toast oak. Thankfully, this doesn't have the candied edge, like a dusting of powdered sugar, that the Cerise had recently or that many CA pinots have. Shows some sappy, dense concentration in the midpalate but there's quite a lot of tannic structure here for a CA pinot that keeps the sap in check, and there's a lot of acidity. Despite being made from young vines (I think this was only the third vintage from this vineyard), this is excellent and with considerable aging potential.
Wonderful grilled meat, black pepper (Nepali Timur, specifically), Bergamot, balsa and even light cedar wood aromas. Meaty, woodsy flavors continue on the palate and are joined by overripe strawberry. An elegant, silky texture on the entry gave way to plenty of acidity to cut through the richness of Steak au Poivre, and a long, lingering finish with just enough tannin to know it would reward several years in the cellar.
While it doesn't yet have the track record of their other SVDs, the Pivot is one to watch. It strikes me as slightly more masculine, but without venturing too far from Littorai's style.
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(Littorai Pinot Noir The Pivot Vineyard) Dark cherry red color; baking spice, balsa wood nose; tart red fruit, green flavors, herbs, thyme, rhubarb, green beans with upfront tannins; needs 5-6 years; medium-plus finish 91+ points (vyd planted in '03)
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