Clements Hills, Central Valley

Foxen

La Encantada Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018

Nice combo of red fruits and forest floor on the nose. Rich strawberry and cherry flavors complimented by bright cranberry and a nervous minerality give the palate a nice lift. I’m curious how much the forest floor and tertiary characteristics will develop over time. — 2 days ago

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Liquid Farm

Four Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay 2017

“Four” is a single-vintage blend of the most exciting barrels of Chardonnay from Liquid Farm’s vineyards. Popped and poured; enjoyed with friends over the course of an hour or so. The 2017 pours a striking, intensely bright golden color. I’m not sure I have seen anything quite like it before. It’s nearly neon. On the nose, the wine is redolent ripe and tart tropical fruits: starfruit and pineapple along with lemons, green apple, butter, gentle baking spices (this does see extended time in a small percentage of new oak). On the palate, the wine is dry with what I perceive to be high acid. It’s awesome. Confirming the notes form the nose, the finish is long with good minerality. This is titillating wine that hooks you from sight to nose to palate and it’s the latter that drives it home with the remarkable acid to match the fruit. About as good as any New World Chardonnay I’ve ever had. Drink now through 2039. — a month ago

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Sanford

Sanford & Benedict Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

We had the 2016 Vintage on 5/22-23/24. An excellent Pinot Noir with tastes of black cherry, black raspberry and baking spices. A smooth wine, nice mouthfeel, medium bodied, fruit forward. An excellent PN from CA. — 4 days ago

Sea Smoke

Estate Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay 2011

Love this wine — 13 days ago

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Sea Smoke

Ten Estate Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

A lovely wine. Raspberries, black cherries, and plums. I slightly prefer the 2016, but this is still an excellent wine. — a month ago

Liquid Farm

Golden Slope Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay 2017

Paul J
9.7

Exquisite gold color. Insane nose! Minerals, beeswax, and subtle honey. Same on the palate. Oily, dense texture, which I love. This is right in my wheelhouse! I could swirl this in my mouth all night! — 22 days ago

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Eric Urbani

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@Paul J one of my favorite CA Chards! Check out Stars and Dust, a spin off from one of the cofounders at LF !
Paul J

Paul J

Will do! Thanks for the rec!

Sea Smoke

Ten Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir 2011

The anticipation and patience displayed holding this for 10 years was amply rewarded. Clear, brick-ish color, tight nose that eventually opened to loads of red fruit, Burgundy like in its combination of lushness and reserve. Subtle and layered even after all these years. — 2 months ago