Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
From a high-altitude site in Anderson Valley, the 2011 Pinot Noir Cerise Vineyard is one of the wilder wines in this range. A deep, almost inky red, the Cerise shows the more animal side of Pinot in its game, tar, smoke, black pepper, licorice and black cherries. This is also one of the most powerful wines of the 2011s, but at the same time I find less elegance than in some of the other offerings. Firm, powerful tannins support a dark, brooding finish laced with Syrah-like overtones. (AG)
The 2011 Pinot Noir Cerise Vineyard is one of the more tannic, structured wines in this range. Dark red and purple hued fruit, violets, menthol and hints of game all take shape in the glass. This broad-shouldered Pinot could use another year or two to soften a bit, but it is gorgeous today just the same.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Medium red. Pungent aromas of raspberry, minerals, tea leaf and forest floor. A spicy, aromatic midweight with modest body but impressive thrust and high-pitched perfume. Finishes classically dry, with a note of peppery stems. Is this fleshy enough to reward aging?
Littorai derives their unique sustainable farming techniques from the fertile cross currents of permaculture, agro-ecology and the agricultural philosophy of Rudolf Steiner, the father of biodynamic farming. In addition to using only natural materials, they avoid all fertilizers. Estate produced compost is their “fertilizer” of choice. For those sites which they do not farm themselves, they use by-the-acre contracts to insure maximum quality and vineyard control, and they strongly encourage all of their farmer-partners to use only organic materials. They do not employ farm certification systems, as they believe that the true motivation for engaging in sustainable farming practices should not be for marketing purposes, but should be only for the good of the land, for the good of those who work it and for the future generations to whom it truly belongs. The portion of the Cerise vineyard planted for Littorai sits on a steep, rocky slope directly in the fog layer that frequently hangs above Anderson Valley. The winery notes that yields are "painfully low...and the intensity of the wine reflects this."
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