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Tyler Dierberg Vineyard Santa Maria Chardonnay 2013

Vinous 92pts:

Tension and energy are the signatures of the 2013 Chardonnay Dierberg Vineyard. With a bit of air, the Dierberg fleshes out nicely, showing lovely creaminess and texture throughout. White peach, flowers and mint add the final shades of nuance. The interplay of richness and more linear elements is compelling. There are many highlights in this lineup from Tyler and proprietor Justin Willet. The Pinots range from simpler, appellation wines to superb single-vineyard wines that are among the very best being made in Santa Barbara. The Chardonnays are every bit as interesting, although this year Pinot reins supreme here. The wines are made in a translucent style with minimal oak influence and considerable vibrancy. All of the fruit is purchased from vineyards farmed by other growers. Willett has done a terrific job where many of his colleagues have faltered - especially over the last few years, where yields have been generous - in getting consistently high quality fruit. Take my word for it; that is much harder than it looks. On a personal level, I would be thrilled to drink any of these wines any day of the week. (Antonio Galloni)


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