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Why to buy: This wine majorly over-delivers for the price point, with notes of dark fruit, cloves and hints of earth. A David among Goliaths, this blend of underdog varietals Old-vine Carignan, Petite Sirah and Grenache, is handcrafted from bud to bottle. If you're tired of California cabs but want to still drink domestic, this is your wine.
Nose, palate and pairing: With berries and bay leaf on the nose, this wine’s aromas lead to a palate of dried strawberry and cassis. One of our go-to weekend BBQ bottles, we love it with a juicy burger, slow braised pork carnitas or grilled portabellos.
Appellation: Mendocino County, CA
Varietals: 85% Old-vine Carignan, 9% Grenache, 6% Petite Sirah
Method of production: Grapes are dry-farmed hand-harvested from old vines
Terroir: Rich red clay from the cool, upland valley lends this wine a bold minerality
Brand: Lioco Wine
Origin: United States