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Tyler Winery, Santa Barbara Pinot Noir 2018
Pinot Noir 100%
We are huge fans of the Tyler Winery Pinot Noir. It's one of the best American Pinots on our shelf, especially for the price. Both spicy and floral, this wine shows lovely black cherry fruit and a nice long finish. What is truly unique about this California Pinot, is how restrained it is. The fruit is present but not overbearing, allowing many subtle nuances to come through as well, such as the undertones of warm spices and dried violets. It is both light-bodied and low in alcohol, making it both a delight to drink and wonderfully food-friendly.
Sourced from Bien Nacido (1973), Dierberg Drum Canyon Vineyard (1999) Planted on loam, sandy loam. Harvested 8/15-9/7; yields of 2-3 tons/acre. Mostly destemmed to various size open-top fermenters; native fermented. Macerated on skins for two weeks before being pressed to tank, and then down to almost all natural barrels. Racked after 12 months to tank and bottled, unfined, unfiltered.
Justin Willett of Tyler is one of the most exciting winemakers in the world right now, and his reputation continues to grow from its in-the-know, word-of-mouth status; his wines receive stellar write-ups and scores. He is crafting superb, Burgundian-style Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays from some of the finest vineyards in all California. His first vintage was 2005; since then, his wines have become a reference for the new wave of restrained, nuanced winemaking in the exciting, dynamic region of Santa Barbara, which Galloni considers to be one of the world's elite grape growing and wine producing regions. When we discovered Justin Willett and his Tyler wines (Tyler is Willett's middle name), we knew we had found something extraordinary. The vineyards he is working with are of exceptional pedigree rare and special sites throughout the Santa Rita Hills and Santa Maria Valley within Santa Barbara County, one of the most promising appellations in California. The distinct terroir here, of marine-based soils, transverse ranges and valleys, and cool climate derived from the terrain's proximity to the Pacific and its fog line makes it the ideal home for pinot noir and chardonnay. Willett has sought out the oldest vineyard blocks in the County.