This wine takes its source material from the Hirsch vineyard, an undisputed grand cru site--and Barbed Oak, a stridently farmed, old-vine Pinot site in the Petaluma wind gap. It embodies Lioco's evolution in the cellar, in that the Hirsch was made by Kevin Kelley and the Barbed Oak by our new winemaker John Raytek. John finished the elevage at our new facility, and in February we put together the final blend. With its searing acidity, savory red fruit, and forest-y complexion, John thinks it comes off as "Hirsch-esque." What it clearly does is read "Sonoma Coast" so we elected to just call it that. At this price, it's an opportunity wine.
Aroma: red plum, forest floor, oolong tea. Flavor: pomegranate, blood orange, dried porcinis. Food pairings: roasted game birds, moroccan lamb tagine, pike quenelles.