2016 Radian Vineyard Pinot Noir - Liquid Farm
Expansive dark cherry, fresh rosemary, pomegranate reduction. Macerated raspberry, crushed lavender, candied rhubarb. Powdered clove and cardamom, applewood and sweet moss. Perfectly ripe strawberry and ocean air float over top of dried sage, thyme, & tarragon. Young, tannic, vivacious, & raw with a captivating feather-light mouth filling profile. This 2016 Radian Vineyard Pinot Noir by Liquid Farm is full throttle Burgundian intensity from the Santa Rita Hills.
There is no debate that the Santa Rita Hills appellation of Santa Barbara County California puts out some of the very best Pinot Noir in the world. While there are many producers making great wine here Liquid Farm has emerged as a perennial tour de force. This bottling, crafted from 100% Pinot Noir sourced from the prestigious Radian Vineyard on the far southwestern edge of the appellation, is a truly remarkable achievement. It is heady and intense with extreme understated power and drive, yet it sits at barely 13.0% ABV. This stuff is reminiscent of brilliant cru Burgundy from a storied producer in a warm vintage - in that it carries itself proudly and broadly while still retaining elegance and sophistication beyond its weight. A touch of salinity reminds you of its coastal origins while expressive yet tense red berry fruit sets off like fireworks on the bouquet. Inspiring to drink now yet clearly built for age, this wine will make a believer of even the most staunch Bourgogne snob.