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)
The 2016 Pinot Noir from Tyler bursts from the glass with a pure and expressive bouquet of red plums, raspberries, rose hips and spice. On the palate, it's medium-bodied, supple and velvety, with an expansively textural attack, melting tannins, and succulent, mouthwatering acids. It's an elegant but flavorful Pinot Noir that's already drinking well but which should be interesting to follow for the next five years.
|Grape Varieties||Pinot noir|
|Age of Vines||35 years old|
|Vinification||Destemmed to 2-5 ton open top fermenters . Native fermentation begins after 4-5 days. Gently extracted using both punch down and pumpovers. Pressed to tank once dry, and quickly settled before going down to a third new French oak barrels. Native yeast.|
|Elevage||On the lees for 12- 14 months, racked and blended, then back down to barrel for another few months before bottling.|
|Soil Type||Loam, Sandy Loam, Clay Loam, Shale|