2010 Liquid Farm "White Hill" Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay

SKU #1079263

K&L is the only retailer currently selling the 2010 vintage of the "White Hill" Chardonnay from the up-and-coming husband and wife team behind Liquid Farm. Their first vintage was the 2009--a tiny production of only 50 cases--which sold out in less than a month but still made its way on to some of LA's most fashionable and respected restaurant wine lists. Liquid Farm is a super small producer focused on creating low-alcohol, Old World style Chardonnay with varietal typicity from the limestone soils of California's Sta. Rita Hills. Sourcing from Zotovich, Kessler-Haak, and Rita's Crown vineyards and with the help of the winemaking team at Dragonette Cellars, Liquid Farm produced 350 cases of "White Hill" this time in 2010, but we suspect it will still not be enough to satisfy the growing demand! From the winery: "A striking nose of fresh citrus and minerals jump out of the glass along with ginger, pear skin, lemon curd and a touch of Indian spices like Cardamom and Tamarind...With minerality and piercing acidity from head to toe [it] could stand up side by side against a glass of 1er Cru Chablis and hold its ground. The finish is long and memorable with a bitter but delicious pear skin taste that is delightfully haunting."

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Santa Maria/Santa Barbara

- Santa Maria and Santa Ynez make up the two AVAs of Santa Barbara County, an area known for its natural beauty and temperate climate. The best grape-growing areas, however, are located on the very coastal reaches of these two appellations, and are cooled by ever-present fog and ocean breezes (it is even cooler and foggier here than Carneros!). As expected, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir thrive while the more inland zones lay claim to Bordeaux varietals and some Rhône blends.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.7