Opening the lens

“NoCo” is our abbreviation for North Coast, which denotes the six viticultural counties north of San Francisco (Marin, Sonoma, Mendocino, Napa, Lake, and Solano). A winemaking mecca since the mid-19th century, this area is largely moderated by the cool Pacific Ocean. Our interest is in sourcing the best possible fruit from the North Coast and producing authentic wines which deliver value. While Chardonnay will be a cornerstone of this label, the red offering will be more fluid—allowing for the topsy-turvy fruit market to dictate where the best values will be found. From the abundant, financially recessed fruit market of 2009 we stole a Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. From the late-ripening 2011 harvest…a Cabernet blend?

NoCo was founded in 2009 by Matt Licklider & Kevin O’Connor, co-proprietors of LIOCO Wine Company in Santa Rosa, California. The principled philosophy which propelled LIOCO into the limelight is applied here—source fruit from interesting vineyard sites and make the wines with as little intervention as possible.