Tatomer Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir 2019
Santa Barbara native Graham Tatomer got into wine while he was still in high school, working a summer job at Santa Barbara Winery. Initially it was a simple job but it soon grew into a passion and now nearly two decades later, this has become Graham's life pursuit. He is focused on producing Pinot Noir from cool sites that provides lighter style with nuanced flavors and bracing acidity.
All the vineyards are sustainably farmed, hand-harvested, and one of them (Duvarita) is certified biodynamic. Each clone is harvested separately and fermented in small batches. Winemaker Graham Tatomer is a fan of whole-cluster fermentation due to the aromatic lift and pallet feel it gives, so about 50% of the wine was fermented this way. All lots were aged for 12 months in neutral French oak, bottled unfined and unfiltered
95 points Wine Enthusiast
"A blend of amazing Pinot Noir vineyards from within and around the Sta. Rita Hills. These vines are carefully tended to maximize flavor. Once harvested the grapes are all fermented in small lots with an emphasis on body and aroma. The goal has always been to vastly over deliver with this wine. The template I am going for is something like Bachelet Côte des Nuits Village, or Simone Bize Savigny les Beaune." Graham Tatomer
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