Vinous Media 94
"The 2013 Chardonnay Golden Slope is incredibly inviting, with superb balance between some of its more overt, oily textures and the underlying minerality that lies in the background. A host of white orchard fruit, apricot, honey and spice nuances open up as this plush, silky Chardonnay shows off its alluring, racy personality. -- Antonio Galloni"
International Wine Review 94
"The Golden Slope Chardonnay from Liquid Farm is impressive once again in 2013. This is a blend of 6 different vineyards across the Santa Rita Hills (Bentrock, Rita's Crown, Clos Pepe, Zotovich, Kessler-Haak and Rancho Esperanza). It offers intoxicating aromas of lemon curd, and white orchard fruits, laced with flinty mineral, and chalk. The soft and smooth aromas are followed by complex and zesty infusion of citrus Asian pear, and a hint of grapefruit. The finish is precise and elegant with lots of fresh minerality. This continues to open up with each second of air and should continue to develop with some additional time in bottle. (Best 2015-2024)"
This years Golden Slope was bottled about a month later than the 2012 (on Christmas eve-Eve 12/23 to be exact) so, give her a little time in a decanter/your glass if opening in the near term - this vintage will take just a bit more patience although she is tasting stunning already. 12% or so new barrel as per usual. The first vintage's barrels reminding us of some of what we are obsessed with about whites from Beaune, we decided something honoring the Cote d'or was in order - hence, Golden Slope.
AGING: 14 mos. 88% Neutral Fermentation and Aging w/ 12% New.
PROFILE: Smoky minerals, iodine, lemon curd, heady orchard fruit, ginger tea, liquid sunshine.
BENT ROCK, RITA’S CROWN, CLOS PEPE, ZOTOVICH, KESSLER-HAAK, RANCHO ESPERANZA
Why We Started Liquid Farm
Before Liquid Farm, our glasses were often filled with old world wine. We preferred the lower alcohol, cooler climate, and more earth-driven characteristics of European wines to their more so often ripe, fruit-focused, more alcoholic Californian counterparts.
As we believe, the first bottle to disappear at your the table is really the best wine for you – period. And, for us, when we tried to support California, there was typically wine left in the bottle the next day while the old world bottles, not a drop in them, would be lined up like proud dead soldiers.
We were eating local, supporting mom and pop restaurants and farmers markets - it was time to make wine in a style we craved from our own backyard.
We seek to support local viticulture and honor our palates' love for old world wines that have naturally high acidity and are not masked by many of the modern day manipulations.
To do so, we selfishly decided to make what we most love to drink: Chardonnay that is earth and mineral driven from cool climates with little or no new oak. To achieve these qualities we were drawn to one of the coolest of all California AVA's, Sta. Rita Hills. Located in Santa Barbara County, it is home to some of the most Chardonnay-suited, unique, ancient soils in North America.
From the climate and soil, to the people and their wines, the Santa Ynez Valley is certainly one of the most special regions we have ever come across. We are truly honored to be a part of it.
The Name & The Label
Above Ground. Below Ground.
Is it a kohlrabi? Is it the world? Is it a beet? Here's the story:
The name Liquid Farm was thought of long before there was wine in barrel. Our goal was to create awareness about what happens above ground and below ground, and tell the story of how both are inextricably linked to wine. Wine is, after all, a product of the earth and the human touch. It is Liquid from Farming.
In 2009, the first four barrels filled with wine and the name Liquid Farm already in place, the label itself was still a huge blank. We had a fascination with dandelions; the way they develop from pod to flower to the white fluffy thing we all made wishes on as kids. You can also make wine out of dandelions in the spring (something we have been meaning to get around to) and loved the irony that dandelion leaves and roots have been used as a tonic for wine-drenched livers for centuries.
While poking around online for botanical/Divinci-type sketches of dandelion roots we came across a black and white drawing - it appeared to be a beet root that had been mislabeled, but there was a haunting faint line running through the center that kept us coming back to it.
After a little research, we were able to track down the talented artist: Val Littlewood, a gifted nature illustrator from the UK. She was able to transform her fatefully misnamed beet root into our Liquid Farm image by adding color to the bulb, and adding in the flower (figuratively, the grape) that transports what is found below ground, "above ground."
When developing the image into an actual wine label, we wanted to remain dedicated to telling the Above Ground/Below Ground story. The vintage, placed above the line, pays homage to the particular year's influence on the wine, while the AVA of Sta. Rita Hills that lies below, honors the soil's unmistakable impact, which also ends up inside the glass.
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Liquid Farm owners Nikki & Jeff Nelson seek to support local viticulture and honor their palates' love for old world wines that have naturally high acidity and are not masked by many of the modern day manipulations.
To do so, the Nelsons selfishly decided to make what they most love to drink: Chardonnay that is earth and mineral driven from cool climates with little or no new oak. To achieve these qualities we were drawn to one of the coolest of all California AVA's, Sta. Rita Hills. Located in Santa Barbara County, it is home to some of the most Chardonnay-suited, unique, ancient soils in North America.
Often said, but very true, all great wine starts in the vineyard. The name Liquid Farm reflects the owners' strong belief in that philosophy. It is truly all about place in combination with the highest quality fruit and letting the varietal and regional TYPICITY of the wine shine through from vineyard to glass...Liquid from Farming.
The Nelsons allow the wines to develop on their own with little intervention, minimal or no new oak and use no additives or machines to manipulate the wines inherent personality. The project is also committed to blending from the handful of special vineyards we work with in the small AVA of Sta. Rita Hills to produce a collection of Chardonnays that are markedly different expressions, but with the same thread of intense minerality and salinity they started with in the vineyard.