2014 Liquid Farm "Golden Slope" Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
More fresh and lively, with a tad more precision and cut than the Chardonnay Four, the 2014 Chardonnay Golden Slope offers classy notes of citrus blossom, white flowers, salt block and hints of minerality. Medium to full-bodied, pure, elegant and balanced, it spent 15 months in 15% new French oak before bottling. It, too, should cruise for at least 5-6 years. (JD)
Light Marcona almonds, lemon curd on toast and Gravenstein apples converge for a delicate yet warmer style of Chard on this easy-to-quaff combo of seven top vineyards, including Bentrock, Rita’s Crown, Clos Peper, Kessler-Haak, La Rinconada, Zotovich, and Hilliard Bruce. Buttered brioche, a drizzle of lemon oil and a touch of crushed walnuts and almonds arise on the palate.
The famed Côte d'Or in Burgundy translates to "golden slope"--and serves as the inspiration for this Burgundian-styled Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay. The wine sees 14 months' barrel aging, with only 12% new wood. According to the winery, aromatics in this wine include: "smoky minerals, iodine, lemon curd, heady orchard fruit, ginger tea, liquid sunshine."