Denise’s Picks for April: Liquid Farm White Hill Chardonnay and Domaine Rimbert Le Mas Au Schist

Denise’s Picks for April: Liquid Farm White Hill Chardonnay and Domaine Rimbert Le Mas Au Schist

Liquid Farm White Hill Chardonnay and Domaine Rimbert Le Mas Au Schist

Liquid Farm White Hill Chardonnay
Liquid Farm
White Hill Chardonnay 2013

Nikki and Jeff started Liquid Farm years before their engagement. The concept came when both of them, along with their undying love for all things California AND Old World wine, decided that their beloved California is capable of producing a Chardonnay that is reminiscent of Burgundy rather than the more alcoholic, fruit driven styles that California is known for. They sought out the coolest appellation known for Chardonnay, Sta. Rita Hills, and thus began one of the forefront producers in old-world style Chardonnays.
The White Hill is more Chablisiane in style, highlighting the “unique salinity that comes through in the ancient soils of Sta. Rita Hills”. Lemon, Asian pear, peach and fresh rain fill the glass. A great story and an even better wine

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Domaine Rimbert Le Mas Au Schist
Domaine Rimbert
Le Mas Au Schist 2010

The story of Domaine Rimbert began about 25 years ago when Provence native Jean- Marie Rimbert arrived in Languedoc to manage the vineyards at Chateau de Flaugergues. Rimbert, though very good at his job, had intentions to open his own vineyard: 20 hectares of gnarled ancient Carignan vines that had been nurtured in schist laden soils for over a century, to be exact. The provenance of Berlou has the highest elevation in the Saint Chinian AOC and is the only place where one can find schist soils: hence the birth of Le Mas au Schist. VERY organic (as most of Jenny and Francois selections are), the grapes are hand-harvested and destemmed before gently pressed with only indigenous yeasts. A blend of 40% Carignan, 30% Syrah and 30% Grenache shows hints of black fruits, cherry cordial and “mineral-infused cocoa”. This is a funky yet elegant expression of the Languedoc, and will forever find a place in my wine fridge.

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