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2016 Liquid Farm "Golden Slope" Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay

SKU #1434605 94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2016 Chardonnay Golden Slope shows the more potent, rich side of the Sta. Rita Hills. Candied orange peel, mint, hazelnut, vanilla and tropical overtones give the wine breadth. The Golden Slope is the most overt and voluptuous of the Liquid Farm Chardonnays. (AG) Inner quote mark (9/2018)

92 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark The 2016 Chardonnay Golden Slope saw 15% new French oak, the balance was in neutral oak. Honeyed apples, melon, and ample mineral notes all flow to a rich, medium to full-bodied, mouthfilling effort that has nicely integrated acidity, solid mid-palate depth, and a big finish. It’s another outstanding wine from winemaker James Sparks... Inner quote mark (10/2018)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2016 Chardonnay Golden Slope wafts from the glass with an expressive bouquet of buttered apples, smoke, toasted nuts, brioche and honeycomb. On the palate, it's medium-bodied, glossy and ripe, but remains fresh and succulent, finishing with good length and back-end grip. While it's one of the more open-knit, pleasure-bent of these Liquid Farm Chardonnays, it finds an appealing natural balance that also made it one of my favorites. (WK) Inner quote mark (4/2018)

92 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark As golden as a California sunset, this has a nutty lees aroma that opens into a caramel-and-yellow-apple richness. It’s focused and intense, with fresh, assertive acidity offsetting the density. Inner quote mark (10/2019)

K&L Notes

Winery notes: We knew that the 2015 Golden Slope was going to be a hard act to follow, but once again the Sta. Rita Hills reminded us why it is (in our opinion) one of the best places on the planet for Chardonnay. Notes of toasted marcona almonds, lemon sorbet, and river rocks leap out of the glass followed by subtle hints of burnt marshmallow, brioche, and vanilla. This vintage is a great example of why we have endearingly nicknamed this wine the "Goldilox" Chardonnay.

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