Awesome Pinot from Mendocino, California. Aromas of sour red cherry, black tea, and bay laurel. On the palate, this wine is reminiscent of a Sancerre Rouge with a racy, sleek frame backing flavors of pomegranate, red plum, fresh-picked berries like black raspberry, violet and a woodsy character on the finish. Light, yet juicy and very much a West Coast Pinot!
LIOCO was conceived in the alley behind Spago Beverly Hills by wine director Kevin O’Connor and wine salesman Matt Licklider. The two colleagues, critical of the heavy-handed wines of the day, wondered if it were possible to make some local wines that favored nuance over sheer power. In 2005, relying on nothing more than their palates and their rolodexes, the two embarked on a winemaking odyssey. Europe was the inspiration, as were the more restrained California wines of the 1980’s.
Today the winery is owned and operated by the Licklider family. Husband/wife duo Matt and Sara Licklider and their small team produce the wines at a state-of-the-art winemaking cooperative in Santa Rosa. All of the fruit is purchased from exceptional vineyards spanning 200-miles and three counties (Santa Cruz, Sonoma, and Mendocino).
The focus is on Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Carignan from sites with older vines, interesting soil, and heritage clones. Sometimes the hunt for Pinot Noir uncovers other treasures like a coastal Syrah vineyard or a rare, mid-century planting of Valdiguie. Room is made for such discoveries.
Grape(s): 100% Pinot Noir
Style: Red, dry
Origin: Mendocino County, California, USA
Vinification: Organic and sustainable farming. Grapes are hand-harvested, alcoholic fermentation in open top tanks with 10% whole cluster.
Aging: Aged for 8 months in stainless steel and neutral, French oak vats.
% ABV: 13.5%