2022 Tyler Santa Barbara County Chardonnay

Price:$27

Style:

Creamy | Contemporary

Rating:

Very Good

Type White, Table, Dry
Country USA
Region California, Central Coast, Santa Barbara County
Variety Chardonnay
Alcohol 13%
Drink Date 2023 – 2026
Published November 2023

Tyler Santa Barbara County Chardonnay wine

Rating: Very Good
Character

Very Good

Excellent

WOW
Fruit, Earth & Oak Aromas & Flavors Pleasing Fruit and/ or earth aromas and taste The varietal character of the grape really gets your attention Stops you in your tracks
Complexity On the nose and palate, multiple sensory elements across the fruit, earth & oak spectrum More elements are in play, at more sensory-stimulating levels; a sense of place Each time you smell, each time you taste, you sense new, deeper elements
Balance Harmonious; not dominated by one element, like jammy fruit or oak The harmony holds as intensity builds A full chorus or orchestra , all in tune
Finish Some duration, a pleasant reminder Duration up to 20 seconds Duration exceeds 20 seconds
Primary Flavors
  • Apple
  • Poached Pear
  • Toasted Almond
  • Mineral
Structure

Acid

Low
Medium
High

Body

Light
Medium
Full

Tannin

Low
Medium
Full

Style

Old World
Contemporary
New World
About this Wine

A lovely nose of orchard fruits expands on the palate, revealing bright citrus, a distinct minerality, and notes of toasted almond on the lingering finish. This is a dynamic great-quality wine that you’ll almost never find at this price. It leans Old World in style (not unlike a white Burgundy from the Mâconnais) due to its cool climate while coaxing out bright fruit flavors from Santa Barbara County’s long growing season and more-southern solar exposure. What a wonderful sense of place this wine delivers. Its bright acidity pairs well with food.

Grapes are sourced from various locations, including Kick On Ranch in Los Alamos and younger vines from the storied Sanford & Benedict and La Rinconada vineyards in Sta. Rita Hills. Grapes are whole-cluster pressed then aged in 20% new French oak in a combination of 228-liter barrels and 500-liter puncheons. There’s full malolactic fermentation with lighter lees remaining in barrel for 11 months, no doubt providing the toasty almond notes.

Tyler’s Mae Estate vineyardTyler’s Mae Estate vineyards, looking south to the Sta. Rita Hills, on a cool, wet spring day

Tasted over the last three vintages, this wine shows wonderful consistent quality, especially at its price point. It’s a great entry to the wines of Tyler, which include a number of single-vineyard bottlings, including from storied Bien Nacido, Sanford & Benedict, La Rinconada, and now their own Mae Estate, which debuted in 2019.