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Lioco 'Sonoma County' Chardonnay 2017

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AROMA: lemon curds, loquat, quartz FLAVOR: pomelo, chamomile, bay laurel FOOD PAIRINGS: uni on toast, spot prawns, French omelet

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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 'Sonoma County' Chardonnay

External Review
Vintage: 2015 01/18/2017

AROMA: lemon curds, loquat, quartz FLAVOR: pomelo, chamomile, bay laurel FOOD PAIRINGS: uni on toast, spot prawns, French omelet


External Review
Vintage: 2012 04/30/2014

The obvious question is... why the cork? Two watershed events steered us down this path: the inception of LIOCO 2.0 and hiring John Raytek as winemaker. John joined us in the summer of 2011 bringing along his fluid winemaking approach. We relocated our fruit contracts away from Carneros and Dry Creek Valley towards Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast-the two regions we feel reign supreme for Chardonnay. The time had also come for us to evolve and expand our philosophy in the cellar. The rigidity of 100% stainless steel was deemed unnecessary. We bought tight-grained, low-toast, neutral barriques and a fleet of handsome 500 liter hermitage barrels (from the cooper used by the late Didier Dagueneau). With the mission of coercing the purest expression of each site, each year, we adjust. Some years we may use more wood, others more steel. These changes have taken to a new level-why stigmatize it with a cheaper package? And yes, a small price raise followed suit. - WineryAR...


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Vintage: 2012 11/04/2014

The obvious question is... why the cork? Two watershed events steered us down this path: the inception of LIOCO 2.0 and hiring John Raytek as winemaker. John joined us in the summer of 2011 bringing along his fluid winemaking approach. We relocated our fruit contracts away from Carneros and Dry Creek Valley towards Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast-the two regions we feel reign supreme for Chardonnay. The time had also come for us to evolve and expand our philosophy in the cellar. The rigidity of 100% stainless steel was deemed unnecessary. We bought tight-grained, low-toast, neutral barriques and a fleet of handsome 500 liter hermitage barrels (from the cooper used by the late Didier Dagueneau). With the mission of coercing the purest expression of each site, each year, we adjust. Some years we may use more wood, others more steel. These changes have taken to a new level-why stigmatize it with a cheaper package? And yes, a small price raise followed suit. - WineryAROMA: lemon balm, orange blossom, talcFLAVOR: preserved lemon, kaffir lime, green cardamonFOOD PAIRINGS: pressed sandwiches, fish & chips, crabcakes - Winery


External Review
Vintage: 2011 07/13/2013

AROMA: lemon balm, orange blossom, talcFLAVOR: preserved lemon, kaffir lime, green cardamonFOOD PAIRINGS: pressed sandwiches, fish & chips, crabcakes - Winery


External Review
Vintage: 2011 04/30/2014

AROMA: lemon balm, orange blossom, talcFLAVOR: preserved lemon, kaffir lime, green cardamonFOOD PAIRINGS: pressed sandwiches, fish & chips, crabcakes - Winery ** SOLD OUT **


External Review
Vintage: 2010 07/13/2013

Wine Information:A selection of complementary sonoma county vineyards compose this wine. while each site is distinct, they share a common commitment to sustainable horticulture and strident farming. our intention for this wine is to express, as transparently as possible, the unique character of this region. warm days and cool nights, tempered by consistent oceanic fog, yield full and rich chardonnays balanced by brisk acidity. - Winery ** SOLD OUT **


External Review
Vintage: 2010 10/24/2011

Wine Information: A selection of complementary sonoma county vineyards compose this wine. while each site is distinct, they share a common commitment to sustainable horticulture and strident farming. our intention for this wine is to express, as transparently as possible, the unique character of this region. warm days and cool nights, tempered by consistent oceanic fog, yield full and rich chardonnays balanced by brisk acidity. - Winery


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