2011 Liquid Farm “Golden Slope” Chardonnay


2011 Liquid Farm “Golden Slope” Chardonnay

$49.95 (retail) Wine Club pricing reflected in receipt

Last year, we presented the 2010 vintage of this wine, and Drew likes the new offering so much, he decided to offer the 2011 this month.  Here’s what we said about the winery last time:

“Interesting story behind this label.  It is owned by Nikki and Jeff Nelson of Los Angeles, both of whom have a background in the wine industry.  Jeff works for a French champagne house and Nikki, who earned a degree in wine and viticulture from Cal Poly, earned her chops at a wine distributor before departing in 2011 to oversee the launch of the first vintage of Liquid Farm.  The pair has always preferred Old World wines, so when they decided to develop their own brand, they focused on low-alcohol, cool-climate chardonnays with minerality and nice acidity.  Today they make three chards and a Bandol-inspired rosé. “

Grapes were sourced in Santa Rita Hills from two vineyards:  Rita’s Crown and Clos Pepe & Zotovich.  Wine was aged for 14 months in mostly neutral barrels.  It is unfined and unfiltered.

Winery Tasting Notes:  “The richer of the two bottlings, with a small amount of new barrel to add warmer tones and a more voluptuous texture, all the while maintaining restraint and intense structure.  Flavors of tamarind, orange pith, mineral, macadamia nut, spiced pear, ginger tea and fresh almond croissant.”

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