Liquid Farm Winery
Jeff and Nicki Nelson started Liquid Farm out of frustration at the difficulty in finding Californian wines made in the style that they wanted to drink. They wanted to drink lower alcohol, restrained wines with earth-driven characteristics and too often they were presented with overly ripe fruit bombs. Minerality was a crucial element and this meant the use of little if any new oak. The search for vineyard sites began and in 2009 the first four barrels of Liquid Farm were made. Now the core elements of their offering are the very differing White Hills and Golden Slope Chardonnays. Although they have some vineyards in common (Clos Pepe, Rita’s Crown), the wines are blended to create vastly contrasting styles. The White Hills is based on the idea of a Santa Rita Hills Chablis with bright acidity, and a stony minerality with a saline quality. The Golden Slope by contrast is their take on Meursault with relatively broader flavours and aromas. The Four Chardonnay is their homage to their very first four barrels in 2009. This is very much their top wine but one that will need a little time. These are stunning wines and will impress even Burgundyphiles. This year they have added a stunning Pinot to the range too. `The focus is squarely on Chardonnay, `made in the style of wines that we like to drink, which means Burgundy,` according to owner, Jeff Nelson. The wines do indeed taste Burgundy-inspired and this winery has quickly moved onto a number of sommeliers’ `A list` for California Chardonnay.` Josh Raynolds, Vinous, December 2014
Winemaker: James Sparks
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Exotic spices, musky pheramones, minerality, darjaleeng tea, a temptress.
The 2015 Chardonnay Four is the richest and lushest of this lineup of three Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnays. Viscous and creamy, with tons of aromatic and flavor intensity, the 2015 has a lot to recommend it. The broad, ample style will appeal most to readers who enjoy bigger Chardonnays. Antonio Galloni 93
Smoky minerals, iodine, lemon curd, heady orchard fruit, ginger tea, liquid sunshine.
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The 2015 Chardonnay White Hill is refined, elegant and lifted, with plenty of bright citrus, white pepper and floral overtones. This is in a decidedly delicate, restrained style for Liquid Farm. Antonio Galloni 91