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Liquid Farm Bien Bien Chardonnay 2014

Chardonnay from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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13.8% ABV
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This powerfully textured white wine from Bien Nacido Vineyard will last for ages. Tightly wound on the nose with lime pith, limestone, Brie cheese rind and a touch of flint, the palate shows scorched Meyer lemon wedges and some seared orange pith. The mouthfeel is tremendously grippy. Drink 2017–2024. Cellar Selection.
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Liquid Farm, Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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Nikki and Jeff Nelson were brought together by a mutual passion for wine and food, and together have joined with Dragonette Cellars winemaker, Brandon Sparks-Gillis, to craft two very different and superb, small production Chardonnays from the Santa Rita Hills. Now only in their second vintage, the wines are still nearly impossible to find, but upon tasting, nearly everyone is an immediate convert. They blend two stylistically different wines, from seven vineyards, with a common pursuit of regional typicity. Little intervention, minimal oak, no additives or machines…just pure expressions of Chardonnay, created by nature. In essence, they let the vineyards speak, and thus create liquid from farming.

Santa Maria Valley

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A lesser-known but elite AVA within the larger Santa Barbara district, the Santa Maria Valley AVA runs precisely east to west starting near the coast, allowing Pacific Ocean air to funnel through and cool the vineyards more inland. This allows grapes to ripen evenly and achieve their full potential by harvest time. Combined with minimal rainfall, consistent warm sunshine, and well-drained soils, it is an ideal environment for grape growing.

Many of the wineries here are small and highly respected, having established a reputation in the 1970s and 80s for producing excellent Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. More recently, Syrah has also proven quite successful in the region. Many vineyards are owned by growers who sell their grapes to other wineries, so it is common to see the same vineyard name on bottlings from different wineries. Bien Nacido Vineyard is perhaps the best-known and most prestigious.

Chardonnay

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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it’s grown and how it’s made. In Burgundy, Chardonnay produces some of the finest white wines in the world, typically tending towards minimal intervention in the winery and at its best resulting in remarkable longevity. This grape is popular throughout the world, but perhaps its second most important home is in California, where both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines enjoy great popularity. Oregon, Australia, South America, South Africa, and New Zealand are also significant producers of Chardonnay.

In the Glass

When planted on cool sites, Chardonnay’s flavors tend towards grapefruit, green apple, minerals, and white stone fruit, while warmer locations coax out richer, more tropical flavors of fig, melon, and pineapple. Oak can add notes of vanilla, coconut, and spice (as well as texture), while malolactic fermentation can impart soft, buttery acidity.

Perfect Pairings

Chardonnay is as versatile at the table as it is in the vineyard. The crisp, clean, Chablis-like styles go well with simple seafood, light chicken dishes, and salads. Richer Chardonnays marry well with cream or oil-based sauces.

Sommelier Secret

Since the 1990s, big, oaky, buttery Chardonnays from California have enjoyed explosive popularity. More recently, the pendulum has begun to swing in the opposite direction, towards a clean, crisp style that rarely utilizes new oak. These Old-World style wines have been dubbed the “New California Chardonnays,” and anyone who claims they do not like Chardonnay should give them a try.

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