For our weekly wine tasting this week we will be featuring a great winery from California: LIOCO!
LIOCO was conceived in the alley behind Spago Beverly Hills by wine director Kevin O’Connor and wine salesman Matt Licklider. The year was 2001 and 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 family-owned 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.
This winery has been on absolute fire this year. Multiple write-ups and great scores across the board this is one of Californias great wineries.
Lioco Sonoma County Chardonnay
Lioco Estero (Russian River Valley) Chardonnay
Lioco Laguna Pinot Noir (94 Points)
Lioco Sativa Carignan (91 Points)
and some other goodies ;)
Andrew Lundquist will be in the house sampling these great wines so come on out and join us!
September 26th 6PM-8PM
$10 for the tasting
Check out these great articles on LIOCO: