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LIQUID FARM CHARDONNAY "GOLDEN SLOPE", STA. RITA HILLS 2014
San Francisco Wine Panel
NVWE Notes: This immediately appealing Chardonnay is a blend of seven prestigious Sta. Rita Hills vineyards. The nose offers forthcoming, elegant, youthfully zesty aromas of sweet green apple, peaches and cream, lemon curd, pineapple core, orange blossom, white rose, brioche, baking spices, vanilla and a hint of white pepper. Gently tongue-coating fruit dominates on the palate, where quietly zesty flavors of fresh red apple, white peach tart, bees wax, white rose, hazelnut nougat and Mandarin orange achieve a delightful harmony. The finish is stylish, lingering and grows ever more fruity with airing. Delicious now, it should be captivating if allowed eighteen to twenty-four months in the cellar. 1200 cases made. Vineyard composition: 26% Bentrock, 20% Rita’s Crown, 18% Clos Pepe, 12% Kessler-Haak, 10% La Rinconada, 8% Zotovich & 6% Hilliard Bruce.
Antonio Galloni - 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.
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.