2022 Lioco Pinot Noir Mendocino County, California, USA
There are two new sources as of the 2021. The first, a dry-farmed, hillside vineyard located at the western headwaters of the Russian River Valley (which is in fact in Mendo County). This site on shallow hillside soils sits at higher elevation and sees 40-60 degree diurnal shifts. The resulting wine born of tiny yields—1-ton per acre—has a powerful mid-palate structure that tastes like $50 Pinot Noir. The other site is on the far Mendo coast facing the Albion Wind Gap. This densely forested area in Comptche is chronically cold and prone to spring frosts, but delivers that electric blue fruited wine only found near the ocean. These two exciting sites were blended with our now perennial site in the Potter Valley (reliable for those clean, red-fruited notes) making for a complex version of this wine with increased amplitude. This one punches above its weight class.