Closeout Lioco Red “Indica” 2019
From two historic Mendocino County Vineyards -- one with 70 year old, dry farmed Carignan (93%) pitched on an exposed, rocky slope at 2,400 feet; the other with 75+ year old Valdiguie (7%) farmed on clay soils in a cool, upland valley. These rapidly vanishing California grape varieties harken back to the Golden State's earliest winemaking efforts.
All fruit was hand harvested in late September. It was foot tread and fermented beneath a 'submerged cap' on 100% whole clusters during an 18-day fermentation. It spent 10 months in neutral oak before bottling.
Aroma- Just picked blackberry, Italian plum, lavender
Flavor- mulberry, violette liqueur, chai spice
Pairings- bistro burgers, merguez sausages, pork shoulder tacos