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.
Notes and Reviews
Antonio Galloni (95)
Tyler's 2015 Chardonnay Bien Nacido Vineyard - W Block is just as compelling from bottle as it was from tank last year. Soaring aromatics and intense fruit are two of the signatures, but it is the wine's overall balance that elevates it to the realm of the finest wines of the year. Weightless and yet intensely saline, the 2015 is superb. Don't miss it.
|Age of Vines||46 years old|
|Vinification||Whole cluster pressed to tank, settled briefly before being moved to another tank for fermentation. After fermentation is active, the juice goes down to barrels and puncheons with no more than 15% new oak. No batonnage and full MLF, native yeast.|
|Elevage||Left on lees for 10 months before going back to tank for an additional few months of aging|
|Soil Type||Elder series shaly loam|