Once a month, we target a specific wine region to ensure that new vintages warrant their continued placement on our shelves. This month, California Pinot Noir was our target in a blind tasting.
During these review periods, we include new and unknown wines to see how they stack up against the established classics. Most of the time, the incumbents outshine the new entrants. However, this was not the case last week when we blind tasted the 2011 Lioco Pinot Noir against such notables as Flowers, Merry Edwards, Paul Hobbs, Robert Sinskey, and Hirsch. While the incumbents are all still excellent wines, the Lioco stood out for its incredible aromatics and silky finish. It wasn't until after the wine and price were revealed that we truly appreciated its compelling value.
Rose petal, puckering red rhubarb, pomegranate, hints of cola, wild black raspberry, and Moroccan spice frame the delicious Lioco Pinot Noir. The goal of the winemaker is to express the character of the region: warm days and cool nights, along with consistent oceanic fog, yield a Burgundian style Pinot Noir boasting balanced acidity and silky tannin.
You should remember the name Lioco as you are sure to see the name begin to pop up on great restaurant wine lists. Pair with duck or salmon, now and over the next 7 years.Read More »