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Liquid Farm Vineyard Partners

Vineyard Partners

Chardonnay in California within a Region 1 climate combined with the type of soils we were after is found only in a few rare pockets of the state. This makes access to such fruit more than hard to come by. Not to forget the glaring fact that only about 18% of Santa Rita Hills is planted to Chardonnay. We could not be more proud and honored to be making Chardonnay from these esteemed vineyards, and to add to our arsenal, the following Santa Maria vineyards beggining in the 2013 harvest. The quality of the fruit, farming and people in this Valley are second to none. Please check out and support wines made from and by the following folks fruit; you will not be disappointed.

Kessler-Haak

Organically farmed, this is where Jeff and Nikki started the project in 2009. Producing Pinot, Chardonnay and Syrah as well as a beautiful Rosé of Pinot Noir and a little bit of old vine Riesling, they live on the land with their Moluccan Cockatoo named Waldo and few vineyard-loving Labradors.(Sandy Loam Soils / Clone 96)

Zotovich

An almost beach-sandy vineyard, Zotovich is located in the middle of Northern Santa Rita Hills on the 246 corridor, between Foley and Melville. Winemaker and Viticulturist Ryan Zotovich and his wife Brit became friends while they were in the Wine & Vit program during Nikkis time at Cal Poly. This makes working with their stellar fruit even more special. Small lot Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah with an acre of Viognier and Grenache in training; check them out at their new tasting room in the Lompoc Wine Ghetto. (Sandy Loam Soils / Clone 76)

Rita's Crown

Rita's Crown is located in the geographic center of the AVA at an elevation between 600' and 950' making it one of the highest planted vineyards in the AVA. Hence, the name "Rita's Crown" - the top or crown of the Santa Rita Hills. The site is a very powerful one that grows grapes that create wine with serious ageability and structure. Lots of lemon curd and delicious nerviness. (Sandy Clay Loam Soil / Clone 76, 95, 96 & 124)

Radian

Radian is the standard unit of angular measure, derived from the ratio between the length of an arc and its radius. Located on in the most Southwesterly corner of the AVA. The soils here are particularly loaded with Diatomaceous earth – aka; pure mineral in the form of Silica – lending piercing acidity and minerality in the resulting wines. Super low yields, but highly intense and nervy fruit that we love. (Tierra Loam Soil / Clones 76)

Bentrock

Bentrock is the result of a collision between the North American and Pacific tectonic plates, which took place some 12 to 20 million years ago in the Miocene Epoch. The yielding fruit is lean and mean, making for beautifully concentrated wines. Both Bent Rock and Radian are newer sites to come online in SRH and certainly names to watch. Formerly both vineyards were known as Salsipuedes. (Sandy Loam Soils / Clones 76 & 96)

Clos Pepe

Renowned for its legendary farming and winemaking, Wes Hagen and Steve Pepe have helped put Sta. Rita Hills on the map – literally! – Wes spearheaded the AVA's creation and approval in 2001. The vineyard was established in 1994 and the Clos Pepe wines and fruit have been highly sought after for many years since. Wes is a wealth of knowledge about all that is Santa Rita Hills and his passion for grape growing, winemaking and virtually all topics of philosophy, history and delicious things, is certainly inspiring. Wes, Steve and their better halves live on the land, fully equipped with a herd of sheep and working dogs. (Elder Sandy Loam – Clone; 76 & Wente)

Huber

Norman and Traudl Huber planted after the Babcock's back in the 80s, making their Chardonnay the 3rd oldest planting in the entire AVA. The older vines and ultra sandy soils lend to deeply intense flavors. They also happen to have the first and only planting of the German native varietal Dornfelder on their property. They reside on the land with their cat Blackie who is a close buddy to their Australian Shepard, Heidi. Plus, they grow some of the best apples we've ever tasted. Producing Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Dornfelder, the latter in the form of dry wine, a dessert wine and homemade jam. (Sandy Soils / Clone 76)

Vogelzang Vineyard

Vogelzang Vineyard, whom we are honored to partner with on the Mourvèdre for our Rosé, is planted in the newly acquired appellation of Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara. Because of its location in the most south-eastern corner of the Santa Ynez valley, the morning fog burns off earlier than the rest of the valley, providing the much-desired longer day of heat. The late afternoon "set your clock at 4 PM" marine winds quickly promise to ease the extended heat. In addition to the advantage of these weather patterns, the gravely loam soil is strewn with rock and rubble contributing to the low vigor and proper drainage.)

For more information on the area, check out SRH Winegrowers Alliance