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Lioco Indica 2010

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An "old-timey" field blend harkening back to California's earliest winemaking efforts. A blend of old-vine Carignan (97%), Grenache (1%), and Petite Sirah (2%) from a selection of cool benchland vineyards in Mendocino’s Redwood Valley. Fermented in stainless-steel with wild yeasts. Aged 15-months in neutral barrels. Bottled without fining or filtration. 1600 cases produced

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Lioco Wine Company:
WHAT IS LIOCO? LIOCO is the result of a years-long conversation between Matt Licklider (a seasoned wine import specialist) and Kevin O'Connor (wine director at Michelin Two-Star Spago-Beverly Hills) about whether California could produce a true "wine of origin." WHAT DOES THE WORD LIOCO MEAN? It is a fusion of our last names, Licklider and O'Connor. LI-cklider + OCO-nnor = LIOCO. WHAT IS LIOC... Read more
WHAT IS LIOCO? LIOCO is the result of a years-long conversation between Matt Licklider (a seasoned wine import specialist) and Kevin O'Connor (wine director at Michelin Two-Star Spago-Beverly Hills) about whether California could produce a true "wine of origin." WHAT DOES THE WORD LIOCO MEAN? It is a fusion of our last names, Licklider and O'Connor. LI-cklider + OCO-nnor = LIOCO. WHAT IS LIOCO'S FOCUS? + Stainless-steel (un-oaked), naturally-fermented (all native yeast) Chardonnay from pedigreed growers. + Gently treated (low wood impact), naturally-fermented (all native yeast) Pinot Noir from pedigreed growers. + A distinctly Californian blend of "under-dog" varietals (including Old-Vine Carignan, Petite Sirah, Grenache and Mourvedre). WHAT IS LIOCO'S CORE BELIEF? Careful vineyard selection combined with a restrained winemaking approach will produce compelling wine. WHAT IS LIOCO'S PHILOSOPHY? + Great wine is grown, not made. + Maximize control of the creative process, "from bud to bottle." + Grace and balance before power. + Be dynamic and demystifying at every turn. + Over-deliver for the price point. WHAT IS LIOCO'S CREDO? "Building wine from the ground up." WHAT DISTINGUISHES LIOCO FROM OTHER WINERIES? + We produce a range of wines, from multiple grape varieties growing in several distinct appellations (Chardonnay in Sonoma; Pinot Noir in Chalone; Carignan in Mendocino). + Our unique production process. We buy fruit from independent growers throughout California and make the wine in a state-of-the-art cooperative in Santa Rosa. We do not own any vineyards, nor do we own a winery. All of our resources are directed toward the sourcing of grapes from the state's premier vineyards. Read less

External Reviews for Lioco Indica

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/01/2014

Carignan (which constitutes 97% of the Lioco Indica red) is a grape variety rarely taken seriously as a backbone for fine wines. Only Spain’s Priorat region banks heavily on Carignan, where the old vines produce wines of inky concentration and sometimes over-the-top ripeness (some of these wines have made me think of alcoholic Welch’s concentrate). That’s why a wine like this is at once refreshing and somewhat shocking. Not a blockbuster by any means, this subtle wine whispers its charm at you. The strawberry and dark cherry fruit is forward and very ripe, but still delicate with a sense of gracefulness. With air, anise and mineral character –– cold steel, wet stone –– complement the fruit, even as a savory meaty note (like a whiff of dry-aged steak) rounds out the complex nose. If I were tasting this blind, I would be absolutely certain it was Pinot Noir (and in my hubris, I might even try to specify a region such as Carneros). For those who love elegant, perfumed, and ripe-fruited Pinot Noir.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/01/2014

Bright violet color. High-pitched aromas of strawberry and raspberry are given depth by licorice and black tea nuances. Bright and lively on the palate, which offers tangy red fruit flavors and a seamless texture. Shows very good energy on the finish, which lingers with strong spicy intensity.



An "old-timey" field blend harkening back to California's earliest winemaking efforts. A blend of old-vine Carignan (97%), Grenache (1%), and Petite Sirah (2%) from a selection of cool benchland vineyards in Mendocino’s Redwood Valley. Fermented in stainless-steel with wild yeasts. Aged 15-months in neutral barrels. Bottled without fining or filtration. 1600 cases produced

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