Littorai Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2016
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Ted Lemon, who owns and operates Littorai with his wife, Heidi, is a lifelong winemaker with an Enology degree from the Université de Dijon. He has worked at many prestigious estates in Burgundy (including Domaine Georges Roumier, Domaine Bruno Clair, Domaine Parent, Domaine De Villaine, Domaine Delorme, and Domaine Dujac) and was the first American ever selected as winemaker/vineyard manager of a Burgundian estate (Domaine Guy Roulot in Meursault). Since 1993, Littorai has grown from producing 300 cases annually to 3,000 cases amongst 8 different vineyard designations and remains one of California's most highly-respected winemakers. Sustainable Farming and Winemaking at Littorai Wines Littorai's tasting room is as “green” a facility as they come. In addition to using straw bales, the facility uses solar power and is designed to maximize energy efficiency on every level. Littorai is also committed to a minimalist approach to winemaking, intervening as little as possible and using as few chemicals as possible. Additionally, they very rarely acidify their wines, preferring to pick the wines at a brix level which allows for the natural acidity to be sufficient, and avoid the use of micro-oxygenation, reverse osmosis, and other high-tech winemaking processes that often strip wine of its character.