The 2020 LIOCO Estero Chardonnay is, as winery owner Matt Licklider told us, a wine with its heart very much more in St. Aubin (Burgundy) than Russian River. That leads to the wine showcasing much more restrained, but still persistent, notes of crushed sea shell minerality, lemon curd, white flowers, and a refreshing acidity that lasts for days. Still, there's plenty of fruit (and zero no oak!) here to keep things in balance.
From the beginning, LIOCO’s purpose was to explore California's more marginal, cool-climate growing sites, producing wines of elegance, restraint, and balance. Somehow, in the 15 years since, Matt Licklider has helped this project remain not just relevant, but at the forefront of California's New Wave. Matt and his wife, Sarah, have continued the pursuit together and produce wines from throughout Sonoma and Mendocino vineyards farmed sustainably and producing excellent fruit.Learn More
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