Tyler, Chardonnay, Sta Rita Hills


The Tyler wines are vinified from grapes that tend to be picked earlier than most with the aim of achieving bright aromatics and fresh flavours with modest use of oak.

Tyler Santa Barbara Chardonnay has a spectrum of flavours; exotic fruits, red and green apples, lemon and grapefruit, and an elegant, creamy-oak texture. Itís energetic, crisp, and wonderfully mineral in the finish.

Ideal with fish cakes, spiced chicken, or risotto.

A son of Santa Barbara, Justin Tyler Willett began Tyler in 2005 at the age of 24 with a few barrels tucked away in the corner of the Sta. Rita Hills cellar he was working in at the time. It was there, as the assistant winemaker, he honed his approach to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. More recently, Justin and his wife Amanda purchased the site that would become Tylerís new Estate Vineyard. They planted 28 acres to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah along with an extensive remodel of the existing ranch house. Here, in a wine growing region defined by its transverse ranges and valleys, where hills glitter with marine sediment and harbour the ocean's winds, Justin makes wines of clarity and poise. His wines lead with structure and persistence; they evoke confidence, focus and vibrancy. With a firm belief that winemaking starts in the vineyard and the sincere desire to have minimal impact on the environment, grapes are farmed organically, handpicked at night, and sorted by hand at the winery. In the cellar, all lots are fermented using native yeast in large oak vats, and once dry the wines are put down to barrel for their elevage. The use of new oak varies by vineyard, vine age, and vintage and is used in a way that only complements, never overshadowing the wine.

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