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
Wine Advocate (90)
A dead ringer for a classy white Burgundy, the 2014 Chardonnay la Rinconada gives up lots of green citrus and mineral characteristics in a medium-bodied, firm, focused, chiseled and crystalline style. It still has bracing levels of acidity, but there’s solid texture and depth here, and this beauty will need time to come together. Give bottles 3-4 years and enjoy over the following decade.
|Age of Vines||22 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||Mocho loam over shale|