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Tyler Winery Bien Nacido W Block Chardonnay 2017

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Winemaker Notes

The wine is juicy with stone fruit and Meyer lemon characteristics with notes of green tea and spice. The finish is powerful and long providing great balance with its mouthwatering acidity. An impressively complete and enjoyable chardonnay.

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RP 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2017 Chardonnay Bien Nacido Vineyard Block W opens with crushed shell and a light petrol note over warm white peach, yellow apple, lime peel, pastry crust, saline and elderflower aromas. The palate is light to medium-bodied, chalky textured and mineral-driven with nuanced fruits that flesh out to creamy citrus flavors, enlivened by tangy acidity and finishing very long and nervy.
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Yet another excellent rendition of the own-rooted, original Bien Nacido Chardonnay vines planted in 1973 is Tyler’s 2017 “W Block” bottling. The nose bounds from the glass with tropical and citrus fruit aromas. The palate is rich, chewy and creamy, displaying flavors of mango, tangerine and almond skin. The power instilled by these old vines is admirable, consistent, and shows no sign of wearing off over the next decade at the least.
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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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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While it tends to flourish in most environments, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. California produces both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines. Somm Secret—The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy Chablis.

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