I cracked open a beautiful bottle of the 2008 LIOCO Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir tonight with my family. We are celebrating many new beginnings together and toasting to the past gifts given. Today in Dallas was unusually cold, a few sips of this red wine not only warmed my bones, but provided warmth and friendship with each pour. I fall in love with certain wines for numerous reasons, all I can say about this LIOCO Pinot Noir...it was love at first sight and sip. I'm all yours! - Cheers, Ali
2008 LIOCO Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
90 points from Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright red. Enticing tangy aromas of raspberry, bitter cherry, Asian spices and game. Then suave and creamy in the mouth but with excellent energy and spicy lift toward the back thanks to tangy minerality. Mounts impressively, without giving any impression of weight. The fine-grained tannins contribute to an impression of finesse. Twenty percent whole clusters were used here, according to O'Connor." (May/Jun '10) A selection of sites in Sonoma County compose this wine. The goal is to clearly express the character of the region, which is strongly influenced by maritime variations. Warm days and cool nights, tempered by consistent oceanic fog, yield full and rich Pinot Noir balanced by brisk acidity and tannin.
PS: I walked through the warehouse of LIOCO's Texas Distributor "Avante Beverages" today. It's always a true pleasure to see a tiny amount of wine left on the warehouse floor when I take a peek into inventory knowing Texas is soaring in sales for the independent and family owned wineries I assist. I've been (and so has all of Texas) waiting for months now for the new vintage of LIOCO Sonoma County Chardonnay to arrive - this Monday people (fingers crossed). Read up on LIOCO