2016 Liquid Farm Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir (Previously $50)

SKU #1364763 94 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Moving to the Pinot Noirs, the 2016 Pinot Noir SBC was brought up in 15% new French oak. It offers a lighter ruby color as well as a rockingly good bouquet of ripe raspberries, strawberries, peppery herbs, and forest floor. It's perfectly balanced, medium-bodied, silky and elegant, with nicely integrated stems, acidity, fruit, and tannin. It's a smoking good Pinot Noir!  (10/2018)

93 points Vinous

 The 2016 Pinot Noir (Santa Barbara County) is a gorgeous appellation-level Pinot. Supple, nuanced and super-expressive, the 2016 is all class. Lifted, floral aromatics and silky tannins wrap around a core of pliant fruit in this inviting Pinot. A dollop (10-15%) of whole clusters shape the upper register nicely. (AG)  (9/2018)

90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 This needs a thorough aeration as there is enough reduction to push the high-toned red berry fruit aromas to the background. Otherwise there is good volume and solid density to the delicious and energetic middle weight flavors that possess fine length on the ever-so-mildly rustic finale though I suspect that will age it will diminish. Good stuff and I like the complexity. *Outstanding*  (10/2018)

Wine & Spirits

 Sleek and polished, this is a simple, red-fruited pinot with substantial but soft tannins. It’s rich and quaffable, a Santa Barbara red for roast quail.  (4/2018)

Wine Spectator

 Open-textured, with dried red fruit flavors that are well-knit, offering savory notes and firm tannins on the spicy finish. (KM, Web Only-2018)

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By: Sharon Kelly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/30/2018 | Send Email
​Recently, we held a sold-out wine dinner with Jeff Nelson, the man behind Liquid Farm. It was an evening filled with great conversation and food, enhanced by a range of Jeff's Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. ​While I thoroughly enjoyed the entire lineup, this was the treasure of the evening. This is Pinot Noir with personality! Pleasant and flavorful with vivid red cherry fruit, earth, a trace of spice, all elegantly balanced by acidity and a long, persistent finish. I let this one linger on my palate for awhile, looking around at my dinner companions, savoring the wine and the moment as long as I could.

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

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.


- 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.
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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.