Tatomer Steinhugel Santa Lucia Highlands Riesling 2019 93pts
93 Points Vinous
The 2019 Riesling Steinhügel is an intensely aromatic, deep and layered white. Pear, apricot, mint and white flowers all build effortlessly. Bright floral top notes add so much intrigue. The 6 grams per liter of residual sugar add texture without dominating the balance.
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.
In 2008. Graham founded Tatomer with two Riesling vineyards. "My intention was to use my knowledge to make bone-dry Riesling in California unlike many of the off-dry examples in the marketplace today. I made a mere 400 cases in a small corner of a good friend's boutique winery. Since then, I have added more Riesling vineyards, as well as two Grüner Veltliner vineyards for a total production of 4,100 cases. I plan to explore the depth of my current sites; and pursue new Central Coast terroirs in the years to come."
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