A summer birthday celebration calls for either a white wine or a Rosé especially when the day is extremely warm and there is a need for a crisp refreshing wine. On this particular occasion Liquid Farm 2012 Rosé was the wine of choice.
The citrusy almost sparkling quality to this wine was a perfect compliment to grilled swordfish. This pale pink Rosé combines Mouvédre with 5% Grenache, offers hints of stone fruit, especially that of peaches. The wine is subtle yet tart with a vanilla finish. The nose is that of peaches.
The grapes are from Vogelzang Vineyard in the Happy Canyon AVA of Santa Barbara County.
The wine is also fondly called “Pink Crack” by owners/winemakers Jeff and Nikki Nelson. The wine exudes their enthusiasm for the love of this Rosé.
Originally Liquid Farm was going to be known for producing just Chardonnays but when the opportunity to create a Provence styled Rosé availed itself in 2011, the Nelson’s could not turn down the opportunity. The rest is history because now with two vintages of Rosé under their belt, producing Rosé is now a stable part of the Liquid Farm’s program.
This Rosé has a lower alcohol of 12.5% and truly fits Liquid Farm’s philosophy of creating a European styled wine with lots of minerality and the earth-driven characteristics those wines are known for.
Liquid Farm owners, Jeff and Nikki are not new to the wine business. They met while working in the wine distribution business. Their love of wine and the desire to craft fine wines brought the two together. As they both lived in different cities, their relationship began over tasting wine in the Santa Ynez Valley. The Nelson’s story is like a wine lovers fairy tale. In fact they were married at the vineyards in the rows that are specifically allocated to their Chardonnay at Kessler-Haak.
Speaking of Chardonnay if you have not tried any of Liquid Farm’s Chardonnays it is well worth purchasing a bottle to save for a special occasion. Liquid Farm offers three different Chardonnays, White Hill, Golden Slope and Four. Just like the Rosé, the Chardonnays have a nice balance of acidity and minerality and are created in a European style. Stay tuned for upcoming articles that review these Chardonnays.
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