Sonoma County, California, United States
Alc. 12.7 %
Lioco's origin story reads like that of a comic-book superhero: top restaurant wine director Kevin O'Connor (from Spago Beverly Hills) and wine salesman Matt Licklider meet in a back alley and chat wine. Bemoaning the heavy-handed style of contemporary California wines, they wonder if it's possible to make wines that favoured "nuance over sheer power." Taking inspiration from Europe and focusing primarily on cooler-climate varieties like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Lioco was born.
As a style, California Chardonnay is a favourite of ours here at WineCollective, and when you taste this example you'll see why. The Lioco Sonoma County Chardonnay is sourced from three distinct sites in the region, including a family grower that might be familiar to longtime members - Stuhlmuller. Fermented on fine lees in stainless steel, this Chardonnay underwent full natural malolactic fermentation before being gently filtered and bottled in the spring. Enjoy now, lightly chilled, or cellar for a further 2-3 years.
In the glass, the Lioco Sonoma County Chardonnay displays a warm, medium gold colour with a pale rim.
The nose is expressive, open and very typical of the variety. Lots of lemon curd, and a core of fresh pear and red and yellow apples. In the background, there's hints of chamomile tea and a faint nuttiness.
Fantastic weight and texture on the palate, with a long, lingering finish dominated by flavours of lemon, apple, and apricot. There's just enough acidity to frame the richness and keep the finish fresh and inviting. Perfect balance between the ripe fruit and creamy texture typical of the style and a more nuanced, fresh approach.
This wine would be fantastic with a simple roast chicken dinner or pot pie on a cool spring evening. Or try it with Linguini and clams - the richness of the wine will complement the pasta while the burst of acidity is a perfect foil for shellfish!