Liquid Farm, Santa Maria Valley, Golden Slope Chardonnay 2010
Liquid Farm is a super small producer focused on creating restrained, "old world" style Chardonnay with varietal typicity and natural acidity from the limestone soils of California's Sta. Rita Hills. They follow minimal intervention winemaking procedures - natural fermentations, neutral barrels, "no funny business, basically," as they say, and we sure like the results. With the help of the winemaking team at Dragonette Cellars, 240 cases of this 2010 "Golden Slope" Chardonnay were produced, and we were lucky to get what we did (the rest making its way into chic Los Angeles dining establishments). It's balanced, complex, and refreshing, with lemony citrus highlights, leesey undertones, and loads of mineral character.
2nd vintage of Golden Slope. Their debut vintage, 2009 was very limited, only 2 barrels that year.
92 pts. Josh Raynolds, Vinous
Light yellow. A flamboyantly perfumed bouquet evokes pit fruits, jasmine, smoky minerals and iodine, along with a strong floral overtone. Stains the palate with deep nectarine and pear nectar flavors, picking up notes of exotic candied flowers and chalk with air. Impressively powerful but seamless and lithe chardonnay with excellent finishing clarity and persistence. (Nov. 2013)