Littorai Hirsch Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010
Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 13.1%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Situated above the fog line, we usually expect a powerful and structured wine from Hirsch. This is not the case with the 2010. Floral, meaty and bloody, like a battlefield from the middle ages, the wine is also dominated by beautiful spice tones with the fruit dimensions taking a back seat. It is a subtle, complete and playful wine. Some Hirsch vintages remind Ted of his days at Domaine Dujac. This is one.
"Littorai's 2010 Pinot Noir Hirsch Vineyard is remarkably weightless and gracious in this vintage, most likely because of the inclusion of 25% whole clusters. Dried cherries, tobacco, savory herbs, autumn leaves, licorice and herbs all take shape in the glass. The Hirsch is undeniably beautiful, but the stem component is not as seamlessly integrated as it is in the very best other wines in this range, which might be an issue for some palates more than others. There is no shortage of distinctiveness, though."
Vinous / Antonio Galloni
"Medium red. Reduced aromas of raspberry, black tea and earth. Bigger and broader than the Cerise, showing more texture but less sweetness of fruit today. I would have picked this blind as Burgundy. Sappy, savory, soil-driven wine with a classically dry, lightly dusty finish."
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Littorai Wines is a small, family owned and operated winery producing world class vineyard designated Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the true north coast of California: the coastal mountains of Sonoma and Mendocino Counties. Littorai Wines was founded in 1993 by Heidi and Ted Lemon. In July 2008, we completed construction of our winery located between Sebastopol and Freestone in western Sonoma County.
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