“Confidence, focus, and vibrancy” are the three defining words for these new vineyard designate Tyler wines. Since 2005, Justin Willett has been crafting exceptional wines that express the virtues of their terroir; marine soils, a long mild growing season, and a cool ocean influence. Pulling inspiration from noteable European producers such as Roulot, Bonneau du Martray, Dujac, Bachelet and Rousseau. Keep scrolling to read about our latest Tyler wines in stock!
2019 La Encantada Vineyard Pinot Noir
From two windswept western facing blocks, the La Encantada Pinot Noir comes from the lowest vineyard yielding site. However, the site always produces a dark, rich wine of exceptional power and concentration paired with wonderful minerality.
2018 Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir
Awarded a 96 point score from Vinous, “the 2018 Pinot Noir Dierberg Vineyard Block 5 is a total knockout. Dark blue/purplish fruit, lavender, spice, menthol and sage give the 2018 so many shades of nuance. A dark, somber expression of Pinot comes through loud and clear. Wild, deep, exotic, the 2018 is truly spectacular.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.
2017 Santa Ynez Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
“The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon RSW comes from a steep, west-facing portion of the vineyard planted with head-trained To Kalon clone Cabernet. Elegant and restrained in the glass, the 2017 presents an intriguing array of dark cherry, plum, mocha, licorice, sage and lavender. The 2017 spent 22 months in oak, 2/3rds new. 94pts” – Antonio Galloni
2019 La Rinconda Vineyard Pinot Noir
The La Rinconada Pinot comes from a windy hilltop that was planted in 1997 upon beds of elder clay and loam over shale. The combination of the rockier soils and wind-driven days has made the wine one of the more succulent produced by Tyler Winery. The grapes are harvested before they are destemmed into open-top fermenters. Native yeast fermentation starts after about five days before the juice is gently extracted by using punch down and pump-overs. The wine is pressed and then settled before going into oak barrels, a third of which is new. The wine is aged on its lees between 12 to 14 months, before being racked and blended, then transferred back into barrel for another 3-4 months. Aromatically this wine is driven with surprising hint of blackberries as well as fine lavender. On the palate, the wine is full of ripe cherries, raspberries with silken tannins and a warm finish of fine baking spices.
2019 La Rinconada Vineyard Chardonnay
The La Rinconada Vineyard Chardonnay hails from a small section of rows planted in 1999 on the very bottom of the slope just before land flattens out to on to the deeper alluvial near the Santa Ynez River. The vines are grown ontop a bed of Elder Series shale loam. After harvest, the grapes undergo a long, slow, cold pressing cycle, so light that it borders on free-run. It begins fermentation in stainless steel tanks before being moved down to a mixture of French barrique and puncheons, no more than 15% of which is new, where it goes through full, natural, malolactic on the lees with no battonage. 10 months in barrel before being moved back to tank settle for several months before bottling. Aromatically the wine has notes of pears, white peaches, quince, as well as white flowers. On the palate, the wine is a weave of florality and stone fruits, intermixed with hints of chalk and acidity.
2018 Zotovich Family Vineyard Chardonnay
Showing citrus, white flowers, sage and mineral notes, the Zotovich Vineyard Chardonnay is full of flavor. The Zotovich Vineyard is located just north of the Santa Rita Hills with extremely sandy soils. The soils throughout the vineyard, which the vines were planted in 1996, are comparable to a sand dune. Awarded a 91 point score by Vinous, this bright and airy Chardonnay could be your latest favorite.
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