2009 Tatomer "Vandenberg" Santa Barbara County Riesling
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Riesling Vandenberg is a gorgeous, well-delineated wine graced with lychee, apples, quince and pears. There is a slight element of botrytis that adds wonderful sweetness, weight and texture. The finish is striking for its beauty and understated elegance. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2015.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright yellow. Expressive aromas of peach, honeydew and pineapple. Becomes spicier and smokier with air, offering juicy tropical and pit fruit flavors and a kick of bracing acidity. Finishes smooth, sappy and persistent, with subtle lingering florality. This would be fantastic with pungent cheeses or spicy food.
Graham Tatomer is a rising star winemaker in Santa Barbara County, specializing in the unexpected: Riesling! Graham's wines are dead-ringers for the rich yet chiseled styles of the Wachau, thanks to his incredible talent combined with three years working under respected Austrian winemaker Emmerich Knoll. Our domstic team loved the wines so much on their Central Coast buy trip earlier this year they brought them in immediately for us to try, and we're hooked! These are wines for serious Riesing lovers, and Graham Tatomer is a winemaker to watch. (Chiara Shannon, K&L Personal Sommelier Service) Additional notes from Wine Advocate: "The Vandenberg is aged in steel and neutral oak, while the Kick-on Ranch is aged exclusively in neutral oak. This is a young operation. It will be interesting to see where things go from here." (08/11)