Littorai Pinot Noir 2020, Wendling Vineyard, Block E, Anderson Valley, California

Littorai Wines is a small, family-owned and operated winery producing vineyard designated Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the true north coast of California: the coastal mountains of Sonoma and Mendocino Counties. 100% of Littorai’s vineyard sources is farmed using only organically certified materials. 85% is farmed using biodynamic methods (all sites we own or lease and most others). 49% is estate production. Wendling is the most northwesterly vineyard in the AVA and the closest to the coast. Littorai was offered the first choice of parcels on the property. They decided on a steeply sloped, dramatic block which faces due south. The “Block E” designation was added to the label of this wine to highlight the exceptional quality of this special Littorai block. Rich, deep and explosive, the 2019 packs a serious punch. Super-ripe dark cherry, hard candy, spice and sweet floral notes all race out of the glass. In this range, the Wendling stands out for its striking inner perfume and captivating beauty. There is so much to like. This is one of the most complete, multi-dimensional wines in the range.