TN: 2006 Littorai Pinot Noir Les Larmes (USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley)

  • 2006 Littorai Pinot Noir Les Larmes - USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley (5/8/2010)
    When the bottle was opened last night, I perceived oak and toastiness, although it was sitting next to the Jadot Pommard that had been opened 2 days and is much leaner in style, even with this being a Littorai. My point is that this Littorai seemed bigger, maybe more rich and CA in scope than I was expecting. A day later, the smokiness remains but its less prominent, enhanced now along with cracked spice aromatics like pepper and also some red fruit. The palate is a bit sappy, thicker than like I was expecting, with a medium + weight, cranberry and strawberry, some mineral, red apple and a loamy edged finish. For me, it lacks some tension and the sappiness is the only detractor for me but otherwise, lots of red flavors and earth tones.

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More French wine? Have you been officially corrupted?

My impressions were similar. The wine did improve with lots of air. And yes this is a big wine.


Andrew, well, I cannot be totally accountable for the wine choice, since Rob Winn supplied but knowing a few new things about Littorai (through the recent visit to Copain and the talk about the Deep End of the AV), it was nice to drink it.

I just finished the wine and the oak is still showing, more brown spice flavors so for this wine, I would say let it go another 1-2 years to let that wood soften out.

Jason, I saw your TN in CT when I put my first note on the wine into the d/base. We seem to agree.