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Best of the Best 2016: Leisure | Domestic White Wines: Littorai 2013 Chardonnay Mays Canyon Sonoma Coast

The wines are made in a sustainable facility using gravity flow and natural yeasts...

Photo by Cordero studios/corderostudios.com; Styling: Alicia Buszczak

The first American winemaker and vineyard manager of a Burgundian estate, Ted Lemon was at the helm of Domaine Guy Roulot in Meursault before he returned to the United States in 1984. Nine years later he founded Littorai and became known for his Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, thanks to his dedication to biodynamic farming in some of Sonoma’s greatest sites. In particular, this Char-donnay has a palpable sense of life, energy, and purity.  

  • Littorai’s fruit is farmed biodynamically.
  • The wines are made in a sustainable facility using 
  • gravity flow and natural yeasts, and they are bottled without fining or filtration.
  • Protected by a ring of redwoods in the Russian River Valley, the Mays Canyon vineyard has gravel and loam soils. 

Littorai Wines, littorai.com ($75)

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