Lioco

Sonoma County Chardonnay

9.0343 ratings
9.099 pro ratings
Sonoma County, California, USA
Chardonnay
Top Notes For
Lauren Vance

Buyer Whole Foods Market Oakland

8.7

2016 vintage, and it's tasting much clunkier than the 2015s. Young and hot. Still aged in SS, no oak on this wine. Lemon creme, golden apples, and chalkiness dominate. Lacks direction and unbalanced. Might give this one 6-12 months to bloom a bit.

2016 vintage, and it's tasting much clunkier than the 2015s. Young and hot. Still aged in SS, no oak on this wine. Lemon creme, golden apples, and chalkiness dominate. Lacks direction and unbalanced. Might give this one 6-12 months to bloom a bit.

Sep 22nd, 2017
Rachel Van Maasdam

Crisp California Chardonnay. No oak/buttery flavor, just smooth and light. From Life's a Bottle Market at Maltby Street Market

Crisp California Chardonnay. No oak/buttery flavor, just smooth and light. From Life's a Bottle Market at Maltby Street Market

4 people found it helpfulApr 12th, 2014
Tom Kisthart

Owner Craft & Curd

10

Love their descriptors on the back label. "Aroma: crushed chalk, lemon oil, kaffir lime." I'm rolling with it.

Love their descriptors on the back label. "Aroma: crushed chalk, lemon oil, kaffir lime." I'm rolling with it.

3 people found it helpfulOct 9th, 2014
Lauren Vance

Buyer Whole Foods Market Oakland

9.1

The perfect rebuttal to 'I don't like chardonnay'. Cleaner, more mineral driven nose than a typical California chard. Lemon oil, crispy crunchy green apples and bright, youthful acidity! Not being muted by oak, fruit is the star power here. Still round on the palate from natural MF, the finish stays with you for minutes.

The perfect rebuttal to 'I don't like chardonnay'. Cleaner, more mineral driven nose than a typical California chard. Lemon oil, crispy crunchy green apples and bright, youthful acidity! Not being muted by oak, fruit is the star power here. Still round on the palate from natural MF, the finish stays with you for minutes.

2 people found it helpfulJul 15th, 2016
Eric Grasser

Nice expression toward the purity of Cali Chardonnay. Grapefruit, white flowers, green pear, lemon curd with a chalky texture.

Nice expression toward the purity of Cali Chardonnay. Grapefruit, white flowers, green pear, lemon curd with a chalky texture.

1 person found it helpfulJul 16th, 2017
Jennifer

So...I'm a European white wine lover but I am trying to figure out why you people like California wine. So I buy this to test the water. I loathe Chardonnay but this is different juice. 🤗 I hear CA is changing some stuff up and thats a good thing. No oak. No butter. Just crisp clear USA white wine. Keep it up Cali. I loathe oaky buttery crap. This wine is good. 👌🏽Go for it if you hate Chardonnay. This is solid for Cali that prides themselves on oak and butter because it's not oak and butter. Thank you California.

So...I'm a European white wine lover but I am trying to figure out why you people like California wine. So I buy this to test the water. I loathe Chardonnay but this is different juice. 🤗 I hear CA is changing some stuff up and thats a good thing. No oak. No butter. Just crisp clear USA white wine. Keep it up Cali. I loathe oaky buttery crap. This wine is good. 👌🏽Go for it if you hate Chardonnay. This is solid for Cali that prides themselves on oak and butter because it's not oak and butter. Thank you California.

1 person found it helpfulMay 6th, 2017
Joel Hammett

Nose doesn't give much. Unripe apple, citrus. Very mineral.

Nose doesn't give much. Unripe apple, citrus. Very mineral.

1 person found it helpfulApr 15th, 2017
Erik Nordman

First time trying the '15 Lioco's Sonoma County Chardonnay; I think I like the '14 a bit more but I first tasted the '14 not too long ago either so I'll have to revisit this in a bit more time to be sure, in case it just needs a bit more time to unfurl, it's rather tight at the moment but still really good. Lemon curd, slightly underripe yellow apple, slightly underripe startfruit, a truckload of crushed chalk, plus a bit of creme fraiche and slight dogwood floral character as well as a bit of brioche dough from the lees treatment. The flavor profile is very similar to the '14 but a bit more taught and mineral-driven. Acid is focused with medium (+) intensity. Body is medium and perfectly rounded out by spontaneous MF. Rivals a solid Chablis or Montagny. One of the suggested pairings on the label is fish tacos and I gotta agree, I think this would be killer with that.

First time trying the '15 Lioco's Sonoma County Chardonnay; I think I like the '14 a bit more but I first tasted the '14 not too long ago either so I'll have to revisit this in a bit more time to be sure, in case it just needs a bit more time to unfurl, it's rather tight at the moment but still really good. Lemon curd, slightly underripe yellow apple, slightly underripe startfruit, a truckload of crushed chalk, plus a bit of creme fraiche and slight dogwood floral character as well as a bit of brioche dough from the lees treatment. The flavor profile is very similar to the '14 but a bit more taught and mineral-driven. Acid is focused with medium (+) intensity. Body is medium and perfectly rounded out by spontaneous MF. Rivals a solid Chablis or Montagny. One of the suggested pairings on the label is fish tacos and I gotta agree, I think this would be killer with that.

1 person found it helpfulOct 14th, 2016
Matt Lasater

Hard to find a better Chardonnay that performs this well at this price. Fresh, crisp, and showing a little more lees notes and textural breadth this vintage.

Hard to find a better Chardonnay that performs this well at this price. Fresh, crisp, and showing a little more lees notes and textural breadth this vintage.

1 person found it helpfulSep 18th, 2016
Lenn Thompson

Publisher NewYorkCorkReport

8.8

Yes. I do drink Chardonnay. When it's like this.

Yes. I do drink Chardonnay. When it's like this.

1 person found it helpfulOct 17th, 2015