2014 Liquid Farm "Golden Slope" Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay

SKU #1269835 94 points Vinous

 The 2014 Chardonnay Golden Slope is one of the richer, creamier wines in the range. Orange blossom, crème brulee, apricot jam and buttery notes are fused together. The Golden Slope will appeal most to readers who like more overt, flamboyant Chardonnays. Today, it is absolutely striking. (AG)  (9/2016)

93 points 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)  (8/2016)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 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. (MK)  (12/2016)

K&L Notes

Winery Notes: "The famed Côte d'Or in Burgundy translates to "golden slope"--and serves as the inspiration for this Burgundian-styled Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay. This vintage has all the stuff that makes GS, "GS". A bit richer and fuller than the White Hill. A silkier texture and warmer tones all around. Its more Summer/Fall than it is Winter/Spring (like the White Hill). We can't wait to see how this wine continues to develop over the months and years in bottle! The wine shows subtle aromas of raw honey, beeswax, baked sourdough and white flowers. The palate gives flavors of quince, tangelo, and creme fraiche with subtle hints of nutmeg and cardamom. A very long, lingering finish with flavors of marzipan and green pineapple that leaves your mouth-popping and (at least for us!) craving another sip.The wine sees 14 months' barrel aging, with only 12% new wood."

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Staff Image By: Jim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/22/2018 | Send Email
I will echo my colleagues below with more adoration of Liquid Farm! I have been around long enough to have tried a handful of vintages from them and continue to be very, very impressed. This "Golden Slope" offering is their house favorite; the nose is bursting with crushed herbs and white flower, the palate has a lovely, soft texture with stone fruits and pretty acidity. Fresh comes to mind frequently while tasting this wine. This is quite an impressive bottle of Chardonnay!

Staff Image By: Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/20/2018 | Send Email
This was my first time tasting Liquid Farm Chardonnay and I am hooked. Owners Jeff and Nikki Nelson started Liquid Farm in 2009 with a clear vision of creating Burgundian-style wines and this Chardonnay definitely shows that. The cooler central coast fruit maintains bright acidity and mineral character along with plump stone fruits, orange zest and subtle baking spices. Simply an elegantly fresh wine that makes me want to try all Liquid Farm's wines!

Staff Image By: Christina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/18/2018 | Send Email
Hailing from the small production Santa Rita Hills winery Liquid Farms, the 2014 "Golden Slope" Chardonnay is expressive of the AVA's chalky, fossil rich soil. In addition to all the scintillating charm this minerality brings, the "Golden Slope" boasts a lightly golden hue, subtle spring floral notes, and possesses richer texture and concentration of fruit than some of Liquid Farm's other barrel selections.

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/17/2018 | Send Email
I've long admired Liquid Farm. There is a theme of beautiful texture and purity that runs through all of their wines. The Golden Slope Chardonnay is from parcels of fruit selected for their slightly richer, riper character. Fruit comes from a who's who of the top vineyards in Sta. Rita Hills including: Clos Pepe, Kessler-Haak, La Rinconada, Zotovich. As expected the flavor profile here reflects perfectly ripened yellow stone fruit, poached pears, camomile, beeswax and toasted brioche. As cliched as it sounds, this wine really shows off a"liquid sunshine" character. These up front aromas and flavors are beautifully balanced by Sta. Rita's abundant natural acidity and inherent minerality from the calcareous soils that define the region. The wine is soft and textured whilst remaining vibrant and energetic. Really nicely done.

Staff Image By: Blake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/11/2018 | Send Email
The Golden Slope from Liquid Farm is not only a really well made wine, it's also quite possibly one of the best tasting chardonnays I've had from the Sta. Rita Hills. It's rich, full bodied, and the natural malo ferment makes it a true pleasure to drink. Give it some air for a good 30 minutes or so and enjoy.

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- 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.
Country:

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.
Sub-Region:

California

- 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.
Specific Appellation:

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 (%): 14.1