LIOCO was at the vanguard of the New California Wine movement, and since 2005 has been rendering minimalist wines from some of the state’s premier vineyard sites. Inspired by traditional European tradition and the California wines of the 1980’s, the winery is led by the dynamic husband and wife team of Matt & Sara Licklider. Based in Healdsburg, LIOCO seeks out the “special places”–often dry-farmed, organic/bio vineyards, hand-harvested with interesting soil, older vines, & heritage clones. The authentic dirt and rocks they source fruit from include Sonoma, Mendocino, Santa Cruz, and Santa Barbara. Along with winemaker Drew Huffine and viticulturist Prudy Foxx, the LIOCO team is redefining California, delivering transparency and natural balance in every wine.
"A selection of premier Mendocino County vineyards--both coastal and valley--were selected for this wine, with an emphasis on dry-farming, older vines, and sustainable viticulture. The 2020 is stuffed with barrels of $5000+ per ton Pinot fruit from renowned deep-end Anderson Valley designates, providing the complex, blue flower power. A new source in the Redwood Valley gives the wine its core of juicy red fruit. Pinot Noir clones 115, 667, 777, 2A, 838, Pommard clone, and Martini all play a role in the final blend. The resulting wine could be described as 'bistro friendly'--food friendly and quaffable, but importantly, still authentic. This is a wine bespoke of the nearby ocean, coastal redwood forests, and inland river valleys." -- Winery