Lioco

LIOCO is the result of a years-long conversation between Matt Licklider (a seasoned wine import specialist) and Kevin O'Connor (former wine director at Spago-Beverly Hills) about whether California could produce a true "wine of origin." Inspired by traditional European winegrowing practices, they sought out vineyard sites with tougher soil, older vines, and some stress-producing aspect (altitude, extreme temperature, poor soil, etc). Under winemaker John Raytek of Ceritas, the grapes are shepherded from bud to bottle in the least intrusive way possible producing some of the most focused, balanced Chardonnay and Pinot Noir coming from such storied vineyards as Hirsch, Demuth, and Hanzell.

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Lioco 'Sonoma County' Chardonnay 2017
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Notes  It finally rained in 2017. It rained all the way through the Spring. The parched California soils were recharged, and the vines got the drink they'd been longing for. We had fine weather at flowering and fruit set returned to near-normal levels. Despite a good looking crop, the clusters were
Item Number: 30112
Bottle:$18.95
Case: $227.40
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Lioco 'Sonoma County' Chardonnay 2016
Lioco's 2016 Chardonnay (Sonoma County) is brilliant, focused and nuanced, with plenty of citrus, lemon peel, white pepper and orchard fruit nuances. This is one of the very best values in California Chardonnay readers will come across. Vinfication and aging in steel keeps the flavors fresh

Lioco 'Laguna' Pinot Noir 2014
96  Wine & Spirits 
Wine & Spirits 96 "Lioco winemaker John Raytek blended this from two sites planted on sandy Goldridge soil: Teac Mor, a low-lying vineyard near the Laguna de Santa Rosa flood plain, the other on Burnside Road, higher up in the western hills and closer to the coast. This has a tight, stony structure

Lioco 'Sonoma County' Chardonnay 2015
Lioco's 2015 Chardonnay (Sonoma County) is brilliant, focused and nuanced, with plenty of citrus, lemon peel, white pepper and orchard fruit nuances. This is one of the very best values in California Chardonnay readers will come across. Vinfication and aging in steel keeps the flavors fresh

Lioco 'Sonoma County' Chardonnay 2014
88  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 88 "Lioco's 2014 Chardonnay (Sonoma County) is brilliant, focused and nuanced, with plenty of citrus, lemon peel, white pepper and orchard fruit nuances. This is one of the very best values in California Chardonnay readers will come across. Vinfication and aging in steel keeps the

Lioco 'Estero' Chardonnay 2013
93  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 93 "Lemon peel, white flowers, white pepper and mint open up in the 2013 Chardonnay Russian River Estero. The flavors are bright and lifted, with gorgeous textural depth and balance. Drink this mid-weight, energetic Chardonnay over the next handful of years. This is an impeccable,

Lioco 'Sonoma County' Chardonnay 2013
89  Antonio Galloni 
Antonio Galloni 89 "The 2013 Chardonnay (Sonoma County) is absolutely delicious. Apricot pit, peach, honey, mint and chamomile flesh out in a bold, racy Chardonnay to drink now and over the next few years. Once again, Lioco delivers superb value with the Sonoma Coast Chardonnay."  " A selection

Lioco 'Hirsch Vineyard' Pinot Noir 2012
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94  Wine & Spirits 
Wine & Spirits 94 "This is Lioco's fifth vintage working with fruit from David Hirsch's far-coast vineyard, the vines planted on a series of ridgetops, 3.5 miles from the Pacific. Lioco gets mostly Mount Eden and Pommard selection fruit. Their 2012 is a profound renditioin of Hirsch, the complex

Lioco 'Sonoma County' Chardonnay 2012
90  Stephen Tanzer 
Stephen Tanzer 90 " Green-tinged yellow. Assertive, mineral-accented aromas of fresh pear and tangerine, with a suave floral topnote. Supple and broad on entry, then tighter in the mid-palate, offering taut orchard and pit fruit flavors and a touch of smoky minerality. Closes on a stony note,

Lioco 'Klindt Vineyard' Pinot Noir 2011
92  Stephen Tanzer 
Stephen Tanzer 92 "Bright ruby-red. High-pitched aromas and flavors of fresh red berries, floral pastilles and spicecake, with a hint of blood orange coming up with air. Tangy, sharply focused and pure, with strong back-end thrust and a firm spine of acidity adding structure. Closes sweet and

Lioco 'Sonoma County' Chardonnay 2011
90  Stephen Tanzer 
Stephen Tanzer 90 "(from fruit grown in five different vineyards and made "with lots of small, individual ferments" and no new oak): Pale gold. Intense, mineral- and spice-accented aromas of pear, tangerine and anise, with a hint of toasty lees in the background. Juicy and precise, offering

Lioco 'Hirsch Vineyard' Pinot Noir 2011
92  Stephen Tanzer 
Stephen Tanzer 92 "(made with 25% whole clusters): Bright ruby. Sexy, spice- and floral-accented aromas of raspberry and cherry, with a bright mineral note adding energy. Stains the palate with tangy red fruit flavors and picks up a smoky quality with aeration. Lively and focused on the finish,

Lioco Chardonnay 2010
91  Stephen Tanzer 
Stephen Tanzer 91 "Pale yellow. Pungent, spice-accented aromas of orange pith and yellow apple, with a touch of honey adding depth. Juicy, palate-coating orchard fruit flavors are enlivened by tangy acidity and a chalky nuance. Clean and juicy on the finish, which clings with very good