Lioco, Estero Chardonnay 2015, Russian River Valley, California
Tasting Note: A chardonnay that presents restrained green fruit in an attractive, old-world style.
Medium-intensity lemon in color, this wine has a medium-intensity nose of green apple, pear and nectarine with a hint of vanilla.
On the palate the dry, medium-plus-bodied chardonnay has medium-intensity, green-fruit flavors suggested on the nose supported by medium acidity.
The wine is creamy in texture with some tart notes of midpalate complexity.
Bottle Note: A selection of premier Russian River Valley Vineyards compose this wine including Butch Cameron, Teac Mor, & Goldbridge. All sites situated 8-10 miles from the coast in gravely loam & sandstone soils known as Goldbridge. Clonal material based on Old Wente & Clone 4. This growing region distinguished by its proximity to the cold Pacific Ocean & its complex relationship to the Russian River. Aroma: Saffron, honeycomb, Eureka lemon. Flavor: Lemon bar, mineral, miso. Food Pairings: Eggs Benedict, codfish cakes, bottarga pasta. PH Balance: 3.20. Totally Acidity: 7.9 g/l. Residual Sugar: 0.8 g/l. Brix: 22.8°. Vinification: 36.5 tons hand-harvested on September 1, 2 & 13. Intensive sorting performed. Berries were “broken” before being pressed. Fermented on lees for 9 months (no battonage) in larger format neutral oak casks. Settled in stainless steel for 1 month. A slow malolactic fermentation completed. Cross-flow filtered prior to bottling.
Price: $27 (I paid $19)
Tasting Date: January 20, 2021