2014 Lioco "La Selva" Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

SKU #1269105 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Generous and mouthfilling, this is a medium-to full-bodied wine with fruity aromas. Rich cherry, spice and earth flavors partner with a firm texture and a lingering, slightly tannic finish. While showing a lot of fruit up front, this wine will also age well for a few years; best to drink after 2018.  (2/2017)

91 points Vinous

 The 2014 Pinot Noir La Selva is a fabulous appellation-level Pinot from the Cerise and Klosterman vineyards in Anderson Valley. Pliant and accessible, the 2014 stands out for its impeccable balance, purity of fruit and overall depth. A host of dark red and purplish hued stone fruit nuances open up as this fleshy, substantial wine shows off its personality. The 2014 La Selva is another of the overachieving wines in this range. This is a terrific set of wines from Lioco, a project headed by Matt Licklider and Kevin O'Connor. Winemaker John Raytek shows a deft hand at Lioco, where he makes the wines in a slightly fleshier style than he does at Ceritas, his own label. Raytek describes 2013 as having more structure than 2014 for Pinot Noir, as 2013 was the first year of the drought cycle and vines naturally self-regulated. I am not sure I would agree with that view across the board, but the 2013s and 2014s are of very similar quality here, something that is quite rare among the producers I visited. There are quite a few changes to the lineup, including the introduction of Sativa, an old-vine Carignan from dry-farmed vineyards in Mendocino and Caleta, a Syrah from the Santa Cruz Mountains. Best of all, the Lioco wines continue to deliver considerable bang for the buck. (AG)  (1/2016)

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Sp├Ątburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

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.


- 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.
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Anderson Valley/Mendocino

- Cooled by the nearby ocean and the seemingly omnipresent bank of oceanic fog, this picturesque wine region is home to a wealth of cool-climate grapes like riesling and gew├╝rztraminer plus chardonnay and pinor noir, which are responsible for impressive and intense sparkling wines.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.4