2016 Tyler Winery Pinot NoirPinot Noir from United States
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"Grapes are destemmed w/o any So2 and on the skins for about two weeks. Pressed to tank, quick settle, and then down to about one third new barrels. In barrel on lees for about...
"Grapes are destemmed w/o any So2 and on the skins for about two weeks. Pressed to tank, quick settle, and then down to about one third new barrels. In barrel on lees for about 14 months, racked and blended, and then back down to barrel for another 3-4 months. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.Coming mostly from Bien Nacido, Dierberg and Bentrock vineyards and aged all in neutral oak (it saw a touch of whole cluster.
"Proprietor and winemaker Justin Willett worked as an assistant to Joe Davis at Arcadian after attending University of Pacific on a golf scholarship. In 2005, he started his own label specializing in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay sourced from vineyards in Santa Barbara County. Justin's inspiration has come from local winemakers and European producers such as Roulot, Bonneau du Martray, Dujac, Bachelet and Rousseau. He only works with vineyards that allow him to play an active role in the vineyard.
"Tyler is dedicated to producing wines of delicacy and balance, where structure and nuance are favored above all else. Our focus is exclusively on exceptional vineyard sites throughout the Santa Rita Hills and Santa Maria Valley within Santa Barbara County, and feel pinot noir and chardonnay are the best mediums to express each vineyard site. Within these two appellations, the unique combination of marine-based soils, transverse ranges and valleys, and cool ocean influence make this a truly wonderful place for growing pinot noir and chardonnay.
"We believe wine should be elegant and honest, and must possess aromatic purity.
"In order to best convey the individuality of each site, we try to be modern in our thinking and classic in our approach. Great effort had been made not only to seek out vineyards of pedigree, but also to seek out vines with age. We now work with a number of the oldest vineyard blocks in the County and believe this is essential in our quest for both purity and intesity. Furthermore, close collaboration with each of our growers along with focused, minimal handling of fruit and wine allow us the best opportunity to achieve our goals.
"We currently produce 12 different bottlings each year from 22 parcels within 7 different vineyard sites. Total production is approximately 5000 cases annually."