2009 Lioco Sonoma County Chardonnay

SKU #1057834

The 2009 is a blend of Stuhlmuller Vineyard (Alexander Valley), Mazzera Vineyard (Dry Creek), Ricci Vineyard (Carneros), and Valentine Vineyard (Mendocino). The wine features a core of citrus (mostly lemons) and chalky minerality. Adding complexity are notes of orchard fruit and miso paste.

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By: Mari Keilman |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/30/2011  | Send Email
I guess I have to sheepishly admit that I belong to the ABOC club (Anything But Oaky Chardonnay). Give me a racy, fresh white burgundy and you'll find me in my happy place, which is why the Lioco chardonnay is so wonderful. Crisp and clean yet incredibly full bodied and plush, its satisfies my craving for that pure chardonnay grape without feeling as though I sucked on a wood plank!

By: Jeffrey Jones |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/25/2011  | Send Email
The Lioco Sonoma Chardonnay will go great with food because there is a focus on the Chardonnay grape itself, along with some subtle mineral flavors and a nice clean finish. There are no oak or butter flavors. The Lioco has a nice body and tastes great. It will go well with fish, fowl or as a cocktail, for those who want a Chardonnay on the dry side.

By: Christie Brunick |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/3/2010  | Send Email
This is an incredible steal for the quality and complex characteristics of this under $20 Chardonnay! Small production and careful fruit selection gives brings life to the wine making style of natural yeast selection and natural malolactic with no oak aging. Still Rich on the mid palate and not steely tasting at all. This reminds me of white burgundy at its best, but with more tropical California fruit!

By: Illya Haase |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/30/2010  | Send Email
This is another solid offering by Lioco. If you are not into the the big, buttery Chardonnays (not that there is anything wrong with it if you are),this is for you! Made entirely in stainless steel, it still undergoes malolatic fermentation. As a result,the Lioco Chardonnay still has a little of that buttery, rich quality to it. I grilled a sea bass with fresh peaches and served it with this; it was like they were meant to be together!

By: Jacques Moreira |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/31/2010  | Send Email
As crisp and delicious as the 2008 vintage, but even better, perhaps due to more richness and a touch of tropical fruit that place you square in a lush Caribbean island, but still UNOAKED and definitely delivering what California is capable of doing without the "Oak-Overload" we so often see.

 By: psusfca |  Review Date: 9/1/2010 
I agree this is actually better than the 2008. Really rich. Perfect with food or just sipping. Will hold up to most dishes - would rather say game or pork for something this big. It is substantial. Just delicious

Additional Information:

Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, M‚con, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
Specific Appellation:

Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).
Alcohol Content (%): 14.1