Blood-ruby, undiluted tenor from rim to rim. Blackberry-cran with a smoky coat, violets, raspberry reduction, wild nettle, suede, rose petal, dried cherry, applewood, and gingerly ginger, spare cedar, finest snuff, cherry pit and damp clove spiced nose. All with a slight memory of campfire. Black plum, cedar, violet, dried, sour cherry, dark leather, peppercorn, dried cranberry and red currant, cinnamon apple, fine, grippy tannins that integrate into the whole with a pleasing sense of herbs and bitters, sage and lavender. Did not expect this complexity from carignan, and floral notes that evoke like Nebbiolo. Class. .
#Lioco #Mendocino #carignan #sativa #oldvine #liococarignan #handharvested #submergedcap #wholeclustergoodness #Pinemountain #santarosa — 12 days ago
A very enjoyable Zin. This wine finds a nice balance between the common “too sweet” and “too dry” extremes which dominate this price range. Fruit flavors of cherry and raspberry (without the tart) allow for a smooth feel. There is a nice mild to medium pepper spice that lingers on the tongue long after. There is also a bit of cedar, but I would hardly call this an oaky wine. Overall I find it very approachable by not hitting any of the extremes. Based on the growing conditions I did expect a bit more spice flavorings, but the long finish almost makes up for it. I think the price point is a bit high but I will be buying again. — 8 days ago
Nice maroon-ish color. Cherries and mocha on the nose. Flavors are robust, chewy and complex. Some peppery bits. Good bitterness and tannin levels. This is nice. Merlot to enjoy and savor. — 3 days ago
Big bold aroma. Immediate dark fruit dryness tannic on the roof of the mouth with a hint (hint) of leather on the finish. Then a long plum tannic finish — 2 days ago
I like this but just a bit too dense and vanilla and jam for me. Ultimately very drinkable but when I compare to Broc and donkey and goat and dirty and rowdy it is not up to those levels. I wonder if it is too young and will integrate over the next 5-10 years. — 5 days ago