Tyler 2018 Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara County, California, USA
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.
Juicy black cherries, hints of cola and vanilla, bright pomegranate acidity and an earthy finish of licorice tinted with crushed stone, this wine is ready to drink as soon as the cork is popped! Pair it with a marathon of Parks & Rec and roasted poultry and meats.
Winemaker: Justin Willet
Variety: Pinot Noir
Terroir: Vineyard Sources: Bien Nacido Vineyard, Dierberg Drum Canyon Vineyard, Sanford & Benedict Vineyard. Soil: Loam, Sandy Loam
Vine Age: Planted 1973, 1999
Vinification: A combination of whole cluster and destemmed pinot noir from the Santa Rita Hills and Santa Maria Valley. The fruit is sorted by hand then loaded into large, oak open-top fermentors. After 3-5 days natural fermentation will begin. We gently extract using both punch downs and pump-overs during fermentation, once dry we will press and let the wine quickly settle before going down to a third new french oak barrels. On the lees for 8-9 months we then rack and blend to stainless steel prior to bottling. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY 2018 VINTAGE NOTES:
“A moderate, cool and long growing season with no heat spikes yielded stunning wines at a number of addresses. The finest 2018s are exquisitely perfumed, nuanced and quite deep, yet never come across as heavy handed or overdone. One of the things I like most about 2018 is the crystalline expression of place. Quite simply, 2018 has the potential to be a truly magnificent, and perhaps even profound, vintage.” -- Antonio Galloni (Vinous.com)