Tyler

Santa Barbara County Chardonnay

9.07 ratings
9.04 pro ratings
Santa Barbara County, Central Coast, California, USA
Chardonnay
Duck, Shellfish, Goose, Mushrooms, Manchego & Parmesan, Game, Pork, Squash & Root Vegetables, Chicken, Turkey, Cheddar & Gruyere, Meaty & Oily Fish, White Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Cream Sauces
Top Notes For
Sara Thomas

Really nice Chardonnay from Santa Barbara county. Restrained, balanced, bright

Really nice Chardonnay from Santa Barbara county. Restrained, balanced, bright

Aug 5th, 2018
Bryce Wiatrak

Tasted blind, we thought it was Puligny - and yet it came from right here in California. Could Santa Barbara be our greatest home for Chardonnay? Chalky and tactile, it tastes of yellow apple skin, cereal grains and sweat without ever losing sight of its salty oceanic edge.

Tasted blind, we thought it was Puligny - and yet it came from right here in California. Could Santa Barbara be our greatest home for Chardonnay? Chalky and tactile, it tastes of yellow apple skin, cereal grains and sweat without ever losing sight of its salty oceanic edge.

May 24th, 2018
Mark Eastom

Really nice. Great balance. Apple sauce, citrus, minerality and great acid. Like the 12.7 abv also. Really restrained, but full of character at the same time.

Really nice. Great balance. Apple sauce, citrus, minerality and great acid. Like the 12.7 abv also. Really restrained, but full of character at the same time.

Apr 20th, 2018
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I first visited Santa Barbara in 2011. From the moment I started walking vineyards and tasting the wines, it was clear to me Santa Barbara was a distinctive, world-class region that deserved to be recognized for its unique attributes rather than being lumped into what many publications refer to as California’s ‘Central Coast.’ Santa Barbara features a number of diverse micro-climates and stunning sites, along with some of the oldest Chardonnay and Pinot vineyards in the United States, which make it one of the most compelling regions in California and the United States.

I could have shown any number of bottles to represent Santa Barbara in this tasting. A wine from Au Bon Climat or Ojai would have been perhaps more obvious given the role Jim Clendenen and Adam Tolmach played in championing Santa Barbara in the early days and their influence on so many of today’s younger generation. Ultimately, I chose the 2015 Tyler Chardonnay because proprietor Justin Willett is one of the producers who embodies all the qualities that make Santa Barbara so exciting today. The Tyler 2015s are absolutely brilliant across the board. For this tasting, 67 Pall Mall sourced the appellation-level Chardonnay, as opposed to one of the vineyard designates. It didn’t matter much. The wine is absolutely brilliant, its quality appreciated by everyone at the table. I also enjoy serving a white in the middle of a tasting to show that fine whites are serious wines and not simply the prelude to ‘important’ reds. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, May 2018)

I first visited Santa Barbara in 2011. From the moment I started walking vineyards and tasting the wines, it was clear to me Santa Barbara was a distinctive, world-class region that deserved to be recognized for its unique attributes rather than being lumped into what many publications refer to as California’s ‘Central Coast.’ Santa Barbara features a number of diverse micro-climates and stunning sites, along with some of the oldest Chardonnay and Pinot vineyards in the United States, which make it one of the most compelling regions in California and the United States.

I could have shown any number of bottles to represent Santa Barbara in this tasting. A wine from Au Bon Climat or Ojai would have been perhaps more obvious given the role Jim Clendenen and Adam Tolmach played in championing Santa Barbara in the early days and their influence on so many of today’s younger generation. Ultimately, I chose the 2015 Tyler Chardonnay because proprietor Justin Willett is one of the producers who embodies all the qualities that make Santa Barbara so exciting today. The Tyler 2015s are absolutely brilliant across the board. For this tasting, 67 Pall Mall sourced the appellation-level Chardonnay, as opposed to one of the vineyard designates. It didn’t matter much. The wine is absolutely brilliant, its quality appreciated by everyone at the table. I also enjoy serving a white in the middle of a tasting to show that fine whites are serious wines and not simply the prelude to ‘important’ reds. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, May 2018)

Jun 5th, 2018
Kristi Paulson

Nice smooth oaky Chardonnay. No mineral aftertaste. Lovely afternoon drink with a bbq!

Nice smooth oaky Chardonnay. No mineral aftertaste. Lovely afternoon drink with a bbq!

Jun 10th, 2018
doris lin

Smells funky, musty, but also fruity Charles says vanilla. Pretty sweet, complex flavors, kind of honeyed. Kind of sharp at the back roof of mouth. Tastes the way it smells. Charles says vanilla and Graham cracker, nutty and roasted.

Smells funky, musty, but also fruity Charles says vanilla. Pretty sweet, complex flavors, kind of honeyed. Kind of sharp at the back roof of mouth. Tastes the way it smells. Charles says vanilla and Graham cracker, nutty and roasted.

Mar 10th, 2018
John Howard

Harvest production at Hirsch and Cobb Wineries

9.0

John had this a month ago

John had this a month ago

Jan 12th, 2019
Peter Barlin

Peter had this 7 months ago

Peter had this 7 months ago

Jul 12th, 2018