Tatomer 2017 'Steinhügel' Riesling, Santa Lucia Highlands, CA, USA

Tatomer 2017 'Steinhügel' Riesling, Santa Lucia Highlands, CA, USA


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Tatomer 2017 'Steinhügel' Riesling, Santa Lucia Highlands, CA, USA

Somewhat under the radar, Graham Tatomer’s wines are some of California’s best for Riesling and Gruner Veltliner. Somms like Cara and Simi have often been duped into calling these wines Austrian in blind tastings because Graham’s handle on nuance and terroir is deep. 

Winemaker: Graham Tatomer

Farming: Biodynamic

Varieties: 100% Riesling

Terroir: High elevation granite slopes in Santa Lucia Highlands

Vinification: Fermented in stainless steel.

Aging: Aged in neutral oak barrels. 

Tasting Notes:  Dry and fun!


Graham's love affair with wine began in high school, with a gig at Santa Barbara Winery. At first, it was just about the money; but over time, Graham was introduced to the Lafond Winery and its vineyard, home to the oldest Riesling plantings in the Central Coast. He quickly fell in love and decided to take himself abroad to learn more. 

A harvest internship in 2003 was the beginning of a four-year engagement with the Austrian house Weingut Knoll. Importantly, he balanced this with time in Santa Barbara, working alongside Adam Tolmach of Ojai Vineyard. In 2008, Graham set out to create his own winery, which today makes some of the Central Coast’s purest expressions of terroir. Rather than highly manipulating his wines, Graham’s wines are crafted with a light touch, meant to be portraits of the soils and climates they come from.


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