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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"
Bloomberg - Top 15, Best Chardonnay's Under 50
The leaner and more Chablisiane reminiscent of our two main Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay bottlings, White Hill highlights the unique salinity that comes through in the ancient soils of Sta. Rita Hills. This vintage - HOLY ACID BATMAN! The 2015 has by far the most acidity (as does the '15 La Hermana) of both wines to date. It is going to be a rock star but, will benefit from some time in bottle so please try and be patient with this one!
NOTES: Floral and fragrant, fresh tangerine, beeswax, jasmine. Up front minerality follow by a slightly creamier mid-palate with hints of baked lemon curd.
- 100% Sta. Rita Hills
- Bentrock 27%, La Rinconada 24%, Zotovich 21%, Rita’s Crown 15%, Kessler Haak 13%
- Aged 11 months in 88% neutral French Oak and 12% stainless steel
PAIRING IDEAS: high fat dishes where the acid will cut through like a dream. soft & semi-soft cow or sheeps milk cheese. raw fish: sushi and/or oysters.
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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.