Golden Showers

Dirty baby diaper and spritely peat blow off to the buttery tones woven in green briar of killer Chardonnay. I’m at a flat 60° on this and the warm nutmeg, broken twig and roux are pouring out of it. In the mouth, rich-fruited and biting, no alcohol or flabbiness at all–even at this temp–lilikoi and lawn and a little warm curl on the edges of the tongue at finish.

At 52°, funkiness and wet wood in the nose far more integrated with the fruit. A crisp saline roils with soil and some of the mineral elements you will taste are visible. Ridiculous pure bitter angsty melon brilliance on the palate. Gobs of creme and neutral oak surf alongside pear and pecan-meat and a surge of sweetness, concentration and sliceable sex crowns the swallowing middle where green tannins lurk ever-so-slyly with their acid buddies.

Easily one of the Top-10 Chards made in CA, beat out only by White Hill. Sorry, Liquid Farm: White Hill is my favorite, but man, we’re splitting hairs here.

2014 LIQUID FARM Chardonnay Santa Rita Hills Santa Barbara 13.8

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