LIOCO: Top 100 Winery in the World
“Estero” is Spanish for Russian River, and in 2017, Licklider produced a Chardonnay as if his life depended on it, like he was competing with the best grower-producers in the Côte d’Or, treating Estero to his finest Burgundian script yet: From non-irrigated old Wente-clone vines, the 2017 Estero was barrel-fermented in neutral 600-liter oak barrels, underwent full malolactic conversation (adding creaminess), and aged in a combination of stainless steel and oak. If you’re familiar with the Burgundian whites of Roulot, Lafon, and Coche Dury, this is right up your alley.
$35.99 1-5 Bottles
$31.99 6+ Bottles
2018 Lioco Indica Rose Mendocino County
The site has now supplied Indica Rosé for five years. But an incredible 2018 vintage gifted the Carignan at Bartolomei with an extra month of hang time, which sent the fruit quality off the charts. The result is a rosé with the kind of stunning complexity that’s sent buyers on a frenzy for this wine, and today on Wine Access, it’s available at a fraction of the price as at one of the aforementioned restaurants—but at the pace they’re pouring it, they’ll be tapped out by Memorial Day.
$19.99 Per Bottle
2017 Lioco Laguna Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
The 2017 rendition of the Laguna bottling dazzles with every sip. High-toned, vibrant berry and floral aromas leap from the glass, giving way to subtle notes of white flowers, rose oil, and violet before the wine’s long, velvety finish. Less than 50 cases escaped the tasting room, and we don’t expect them to last.
$39.99 Per Bottle