Liquid Farm White Hill Sta Rita Hills Chardonnay 2016
Think Chablis! This is one of the best Chardonnay efforts out of California in years. This is Old World style and light touch method - teasing out a racy Chard with salinity and bright expression of stone fruit , citrus mineral and wax.
Liquid Farm owners Nikki & Jeff Nelson seek to support local viticulture and honor their palates’ love for old world wines that have naturally high acidity and are not masked by many of the modern day manipulations. To do so, the Nelsons selfishly decided to make what they most love to drink: Chardonnay that is earth and mineral driven from cool climates with little or no new oak.
To achieve these qualities we were drawn to one of the coolest of all California AVA’s, Sta. Rita Hills. Located in Santa Barbara County, it is home to some of the most Chardonnay-suited, unique, ancient soils in North America. Often said, but very true, all great wine starts in the vineyard. The name Liquid Farm reflects the owners’ strong belief in that philosophy. It is truly all about place in combination with the highest quality fruit and letting the varietal and regional TYPICITY of the wine shine through from vineyard to glass…Liquid from Farming.
The Nelsons allow the wines to develop on their own with little intervention, minimal or no new oak and use no additives or machines to manipulate the wines inherent personality. The project is also committed to blending from the handful of special vineyards we work with in the small AVA of Sta. Rita Hills to produce a collection of Chardonnays that are markedly different expressions, but with the same thread of intense minerality and salinity they started with in the vineyard.