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Wine + Peace
Matt Licklider, Sara Licklider & Drew Huffine

LIOCO

SoCo Chardonnay 2019

Characteristics

Acidity

Body

Umami

Production Notes

Hand-harvested from a number of sites across Sonoma County, including Occidental, Goldridge, Piner, Teac Mor, Casa Seca, and Tidal Break. The grapes were destemmed and crushed before pressing (avoiding any unwanted vegetal character). Fermentation took place mainly in stainless steel tanks, along with a few large neutral oak barrels called puncheons. At 318 liters, puncheons are about 1.5x larger than typical oak barrels, which means they have a subtler effect on the resulting wine (higher wine-to-wood ratio). Unique to this vintage, the wine was aged for a whopping 20 months prior to bottling, heightening complexity and depth. Above all, we love about this wine for its crystalline structure — built gradually over time as opposed to via bâtonnage (French for stirring the dead yeast cells, or lees, that sink to the bottom of the tank or barrel). 4561 cases produced. 13% abv.

SoCo Chardonnay - 2019
Like your first pair of Chuck Taylors — everything you want, nothing you don’t. Clean, cool, and elemental with accents of nori salt and bitter melon. 

In 2005, two friends met in an alley behind Spago Beverly Hills and, following a fruitful conversation, emerged as winery co-founders. They were Kevin O’Connor, the restaurant’s wine director, and Matt Licklider, who sold French wine for North Berkeley Imports. The winery-to-be was LIOCO, a mashup of the founders’ last names, and an unlikely progenitor of a new American wine movement. If Spago was emblematic of the more-is-more bravado that gave us two decades of celebrity chefs, cult Cabernet and designer pizza, LIOCO marked a generational shift towards minimalism, transparency, and authenticity. To gauge the breadth of their influence, just thumb through the index of Jon Bonné’s seminal book, New California Wine, published in 2013. LIOCO, just eight years old at the time, is referenced more than almost any other winery. Today, LIOCO is a family operation: husband/wife-duo Matt and Sara Licklider run the company out of a cooperative space in Santa Rosa with a small team that includes winemaker Drew Huffine. In stark contrast to European wineries of equal stature, LIOCO doesn’t own any vineyards, or even a winery. This speaks to their stripped down ethos, and has allowed them to stay relentlessly focused on their craft. It’s also fueled a spirit of collaboration — behind every wine is a relationship with a grower that connects you to a unique corner of California. 

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Matt Licklider, Sara Licklider & Drew Huffine

LIOCO

Sonoma, CA

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