VOLUME 10, ISSUE 3
January 22, 2015
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Kutch Wines: 2013 Vintage Provided Compelling & Transparent Wines Alexana: Prescription for Pinot with Unlimited Refills En Garde: 2012 Pinots Very Promising Black Kite Cellars: Outstanding Pinot Noir in 2012 Dolin Estate: New Central Coast Pinots Offer Exceptional Value MacRostie Winery & Vineyards: Evolving to Embrace Quality Birichino: A Mischievous Pair Craft Unique Wines at Right Price Domaine de la Côte: Whole Cluster Goodness Skewis Wines: Pinot from Vineyards with a Pedigree DANCIN Vineyards: Rogue Valley Wines of Distinction Waxwing: Engaging Pinot from an Urban Winery MacPhail Proudly Releases First Estate Pinot Noir Sips of Recently Tasted Pinot Noir Sips of Recently Tasted White Wines Pinot Briefs
Liquid Farm was founded by Jim and Nikki Nelson, who were fans of lower alcohol, earth and mineral driven Chardonnay from cool climates with little or no oak, typical of old world wines. To replicate those wines in California, they were drawn to Sta. Rita Hills in Santa Barbara County because of its unique, ancient soils, and the home of potentially great Chardonnay.
The name of the winery is related to the fact that wine is a product of the earth and the human touch: above ground/ below ground liquid from farming. The label depicts a dandelion, drawn by a UK artist, Val Littlewood, in keeping with the above ground/below ground theme.
Nikki has a Bachelor's degree in Wine and Viticulture from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and works for The Henry Wine Group. Jeff has worked in sales and marketing in Southern California for some of the top Champagne and Burgundy houses in France. They were married at Kessler-Haak Vineyard. Their consulting winemaker is Brandon Sparks-Gillis of Dragonette Cellars.
Four barrels of Chardonnay were produced in the inaugural 2009 vintage. The winemaking philosophy is to create a house style among the 3 Chardonnay bottlings they produce. The wines are modest in alcohol with preserved natural acidity, are not manipulated or acidified, subject to natural malolactic fermentation, and aged in neutral barrels.
Three Chardonnays are offered in 2012: "White Hill," "Golden Slope," and "Four," each with their own distinct profile.
Articles About Liquid Farm
2012 Liquid Farm “White Hill” Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay
13.8% alc., 988 cases, $40. Sourced from Bent Rock (63%), Zotovich, Kessler-Haak, Rita’s Crown, Huber, Radian and Clos Pepe vineyards. Aged 12 months in neutral oak with 18% stainless steel aging. · Pale golden yellow color and clear in the glass. Aromas of lemon, pineapple, peach, vanilla cream and ocean air. Highly pleasurable on the palate, with crisp lemon-driven flavor accented with baking spice, vanillin, and acid-driven minerality. Modest in weight with a fresh, citrusladen finish. Score: 91. Reviewed April 19, 2014 ARTICLE »
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