Clements Hills, Central Valley

Liquid Farm

Four Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay 2017

“Four” is a single-vintage blend of the most exciting barrels of Chardonnay from Liquid Farm’s vineyards. Popped and poured; enjoyed with friends over the course of an hour or so. The 2017 pours a striking, intensely bright golden color. I’m not sure I have seen anything quite like it before. It’s nearly neon. On the nose, the wine is redolent ripe and tart tropical fruits: starfruit and pineapple along with lemons, green apple, butter, gentle baking spices (this does see extended time in a small percentage of new oak). On the palate, the wine is dry with what I perceive to be high acid. It’s awesome. Confirming the notes form the nose, the finish is long with good minerality. This is titillating wine that hooks you from sight to nose to palate and it’s the latter that drives it home with the remarkable acid to match the fruit. About as good as any New World Chardonnay I’ve ever had. Drink now through 2039. — 6 days ago

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Sanford & Benedict Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013

Clear red fruit. Redcurrent, a hint of raspberry. Delicious and pretty. Great balance — 2 months ago

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Ten Estate Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

A lovely wine. Raspberries, black cherries, and plums. I slightly prefer the 2016, but this is still an excellent wine. — 10 days ago


Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2021

In line with the relic. Slightly purple tongue. Fruity, but not overpowering. — a month ago

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Estate Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay 2021

Drinking fantastically now. — 2 months ago

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Ten Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir 2011

The anticipation and patience displayed holding this for 10 years was amply rewarded. Clear, brick-ish color, tight nose that eventually opened to loads of red fruit, Burgundy like in its combination of lushness and reserve. Subtle and layered even after all these years. — 16 days ago

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Southing Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir

Nice nose but very tight:closed. Hugh perceived acid. Pleasant but not great. — a month ago

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