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Tyler Winery Bien Nacido Vineyard N Block Pinot Noir 2016

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Winemaker Notes

It’s confusing, I know. Basically, I have these three blocks of old vines at Bien Nacido and ‘N Block’ is one of them. It is the most complete of the three parcels I work with, the one I’ve worked with the longest, and routinely my favorite. In years of exceptional quality, I have decided to bottle a few barrels of this wine separately, and 2016 is certainly one of those years. It is deep, vibrant and full of energy. Fresh raspberry and blackberry fruit give way to a meaty, smoky, tobacco leaf composition. Elevated and persistent, the wine carries great weight and texture with an underlying tannin profile making this a powerful wine of wonderful structure and complexity. It will definitely reward patience, but certainly fun to drink now!

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Revealing aromas of forest floor, black raspberries and peony, the 2016 Pinot Noir Bien Nacido N Block is a delicate, medium-bodied wine with an ample mid-palate, velvety tannins and a pure, fragrant finish. Of all Willett's Pinot Noirs, this is among the more reserved today, and while its polished structural elements and mouthwatering juiciness make it attractive today, I suspect the real interest will come with a few years of bottle ago.
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Tyler Winery, California
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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.

We currently produce 12 different bottlings each year from 22 parcels within 7 different vineyard sites. Total production is approximately 2500 cases annually.

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A lesser-known but elite AVA within the larger Santa Barbara district, the Santa Maria Valley AVA runs precisely west to east starting near the coast. The valley funnels cool, Pacific Ocean air to the vineyards more inland, allowing grapes a longer hang time to ripen evenly and achieve their full potential by harvest time. Combined with minimal rainfall, consistent warm sunshine, and well-drained soils, it is an ideal environment for grape growing.

Many of the wineries here are small and highly respected, having established a reputation in the 1970s and 80s for producing excellent Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. More recently, Syrah has also proven quite successful in the region. Many vineyards are owned by growers who sell their grapes to other wineries, so it is common to see the same vineyard name on bottlings from different wineries. Bien Nacido Vineyard is perhaps the best-known and most prestigious.

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