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Lioco Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir 2014

Synopsis, Our Opinion: A NOTABLE California Pinot Noir.

Producer/Winery: Lioco; Santa Rosa, California.

Grape Variety: Pinot Noir.

Geographic Appellation: Santa Cruz Mountains; Central Coast, California.

Vintage: 2014

Price: Gift (approximately $50.00)

Purchased From: The Caviste Wine Shop; Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Paired With: Swedish meatballs, mashed potatoes and broccoli.

Tasting:

    He said: Opened one hour before drinking. Clear, dark ruby red color with a lighter rim. Loaded with damp earth, damp wood and plum aromas. Smooth, medium-weight body and a juicy mouth-feel; powerful, approaching heavy, plum, blackberry and cranberry flavors that carry on through a long finish that slowly ends with a bitterness. The finish was unique, as the discernable flavors slowly faded to a tiny tip of bitterness just as they end…a very unusual palate experience as it was repeated with each sip. WOW, excellent acidity that intertwined with the flavors and silky round tannins. Definitely new world lush fruit, but it’s FANTASTIC Pinot Noir through and through and NOT a Pinot Noir that’s trying to be a Cabernet. Aboundingly aromatic, supple, favorable and enchanting, a NOTABLE California Pinot Noir.

    She said: Almost opaque, dark garnet color, rapidly moving, thin, irregularly spaced legs. Earthy aromas with highlights of luscious fruit usher in a mouthful of juicy fruit flavors complemented by a medium body and dry, smooth mouth feel. With soft tannins the wine ends with a long supple finish and a beautiful balance. Good with the meatballs and gravy, the wine was also excellent sipped alone after the dinner, especially when enhanced by a bit of chocolate. The chocolate made the wine sing! A very fine wine that was a real treat.

Grower Prudy Foxx (aka 'the Vine Whisperer') in her La Marisma, Savaria vineyard in the Santa Cruz mountains of California
Photo from LIOCO Winery.

Comments: Learn more about LIOCO and their wines.

Alcohol Content: 12.4%

Closure: Cork.

UPC Code: 6 89076 99085 1

Imported by: NA