Beginning with their inaugural vintage in 2006, LIOCO was founded upon the fusion of Matt LIcklider and Kevin O'Connor's ideas about the potential of California terroirs and the election to express these ideas using two primary grape varieties, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. LIOCO's concept has always been to concentrate its efforts on procuring the best available fruit to compose the best possible wines. In order to articulate what LIOCO considers one of its core beliefs, of producing wines that justly reflect origin; they only source fruit from some of the top independent-growers in California. This includes grapes from such esteemed vineyards as; Demuth, Durell, Charles Heitz, Hirsch, Klindt, Michaud, Stuhlmuller and Tollini. LIOCO's relationships with the respective proprietors allow them maximum vineyard control over their grapes. In practice this means; calculated clonal selection, older vines, sustainable farming, low yields and hand harvesting. This vineyard vigilance is carried over to the cellar. The wines are vinified at a contemporary co-op facility in Santa Rosa. LIOCO's winemaking practices are methodically minimalistic; hand sorting, wild yeast fermentations, low or no wood contact and no fining or filtration. The collective results of these vineyard and cellar principles are expressive, well-balanced wines that over-deliver for their price. Unsurprisingly, with the initial success of LIOCO's offerings they have broadened their scope and continue to evolve in compelling ways. In an effort to provide approachable, food-friendly, value wines, LIOCO has integrated old-vine Carignan, Petit Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Pinot Blanc and rose blends into their portfolio. Likewise, beginning with the 2011 vintage, John Raytek was brought on as the wine maker. John's experience at Ceritas speaks for itself in regard to his proficiency with not only Chardonnay and Pinot Noir but also with the terroirs. This development is just the latest confirmation of LIOCO's continued focus to produce dynamic, genuine, quality driven wines.
Lioco Estero Chardonnay 2013
Aroma: Mirabelle, cheese cloth, sesame seed. Flavor: Lemon tart, crushed stone, miso. Food Pairings: Scallop crudo, miso-glazed cod, chicken tagine. Our 2013 Russian River Valley Chardonnay, labeled "Estero" (Spanish for estuary), is the result of a strident selection process in both the vineyard and the cellar. We identify choice rows ... more
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