Tyler 2021 Rosé of Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara County, California
Founded by Justin Willet, Tyler Winery focuses on creating complex, nuanced wines from Santa Barbara, the Santa Rita Hills and Santa Maria Valley in the Central Coast. The cool climate, mix of elevations and geologically diverse soils here lend incredible terroirs for Justin and his team to work with. Cara and Simi recently blind-tasted the 2018 Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir, and were blown away by the depth and complexity of this wine, but were comforted by its ease and drinkability. The wine comes from 3 different vineyard sites all planted between 1973 and 1999. Justin uses a combination of whole cluster and de-stemmed fruit to create a wine that has something for everyone.
Winemaker: Justin Willet
Variety: Pinot Noir
Terroir: Loam, Sandy Loam soils in cool climate Sta. Rita Hills
Vinification: The juice is collected from the picking bins as the fruit comes into the winery and is gently pressed by its own weight. This means very limited skin contact. Fermented in stainless steel using native yeast.
Aging: Aged for 4 months in neutral French oak, then moved back to stainless steel before bottling.