13th Feb, 2017

Littorai, Pinot Noir, Hirsch, Ted Lemon

Ted Lemon is a veritable 'daddy' of the Californian winemaking world. The first American to be appointed winemaker and vineyard manager at a Burgundy estate, while working for Guy Roulot in Meursault, Ted has been espousing the benefits of biodynamic farming and winemaking way before it started to become trendy. I visited him while working a vintage at Kosta Browne winery in 2006, and his obsessive attention to detail was plain to see within minutes of meeting him. The Hirsch Vineyard is one of the most sought after on the Sonoma Coast, located on a series of hilltops running inland from the Pacific Ocean. Fermented in traditional open top fermenters with native yeasts, 20% whole bunch for added twang, and native yeasts - all while observing the lunar calendar as a guiding principle. Some may still find this all a bit 'batshit mental', but his wines are amongst the most elegant and seamless in California. 


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