2016 Lioco Valdiguie, Lolonis Vineyard, Redwood Valley, Mendocino, California (750ml)

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Valdiguie is an old French varietal from the Languedoc-Roussillon that was widely planted in the early days of California viticulture. It was primarily used as a blending grape and referred to as Napa Gamay. It seems to be making quite a comeback lately with several talented winemakers like Matt Lioco and Scott Schultz of Jolie-Laide who are discovering special old vine plots and making single varietal wines from it. Matt had been dying to use the 'Napa Gamay' fruit from a single block of the Lolonis Vineyard in Redwood Valley originally planted in 1945 and was thrilled to finally be able to when another winery's contract expired. We're really glad he did too because we dig this wine! We love the fresh cherry, plum, raspberry, cranberry crunch and the lifted quality it has with its refreshing acidity. Matt describes the flavors as "liqueur, charcoal, hibiscus' and recommends pairing it with "Thanksgiving, charcuterie, paella". We think it would be great with just about anything and suggest giving it an ever so light chill to really make it sing.

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