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Snooth User: JonDerry

Buy Calls

Posted by JonDerry, Sep 1, 2012.

There's wines you recommend, and then there are wines you want to just shake your friends and say, "buy this wine"!

I've already mentioned Liquid Farm and Heitz Chardonnay here on snooth recently, but I want to do it with a little more "oomph" this time, especially after I already just let the cat out of the bag on CT. I should really just delete the post, since this wine only saw 250 cases produced, but I won't. Liquid Farm is a project that I'd definitely say deserves your attention, but their 2010 Golden Slope Chardonnay really captured my imagination and revived my interest in white wines, and in what CA Chardonnay can do in the climate and in the right hands. Alright, perhaps the right vintage as well, with 2010 playing in to the hands of old world style craftsmen in a ripe, new world environment.

K&L has 24 of them, for $47.99/each. Pricey I know for white wine, but I'm willing to put my neck out there enough to call it a bargain. Just pretend it's a red wine if that helps.

If you're not ready to spend $50 on a white...for a simpler, every day drinker I may as well mention the 2010 Heitz Chardonnay here again as well. This is shockingly good value for a pure and accessible CA Chard, that flirts with seriousness in its persistent finish and judicious use of oak. Linked K&L again, they have a good description, and of course they're universally rec'd.


Reply by JonDerry, Sep 1, 2012.

See above...these Redd Collection folks are too cool for school. Needless to say, this is where I discovered LF.

Reply by GregT, Sep 1, 2012.
  • 2006 Marcassin, Estate Vyd         $200
  • 2009 Peter Michael, La Carriere     $100+
  • 2008 Kistler, Kistler Vyd               $100+
  • 2008 Aubert, Lauren Vyd             $135
  • 2010 Liquid Farm, Golden Slope     $44

Not tasting them, my guess would be that the Marcassin will be something to spot by the color and the oak and the heat, the Peter Michael by the hint of lemon and heat along with the copious oak, and the Aubert as well and also by the melon and tropical fruit. Kistler Chards used to be oak bombs and in fact were the model for the others, but supposedly they've throttled back since like 2006 and 2007 and I'd love to see what they're doing now.  If Liquid Farm is along that model, then it's going to be the classic "California" style Chardonnay and at the price difference you're showing, the one to buy if you're looking for that style. I'm not as against it as some people are because I think it has a place and sometimes that's just what I'm in the mood for, but I'm sure as hell not paying $200 for it either.

Let us know if you can spot the dif.

Reply by JonDerry, Sep 1, 2012.

Nice analysis Greg, I've only had one Kistler, I believe an 08' Dutton Ranch and it was very good, but really only marginally better than say the Newton I had last night, and I'd probably take the LF over it. I'm also pretty suspicious of the Marcassin, for sure I'd never pay for it...if $200 was being spent on white, it'd probably go with Chave Hermitage Blanc and keep the change.

Maybe we can create some kind of white tasting in November? I actually might be there for most of the day on Friday the 2nd.

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