2012 Tatomer "Meeresboden" Santa Barbara County Grüner Veltliner
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Pale gold. Expansive aromas of orchard and pit fruit nectar, pungent flowers and honey, with a bright mineral overtone. Fleshy but lively, offering palate-coating poached pear and nectarine flavors and a hint of bitter lemon pith. Closes silky and long, with resonating spiciness excellent persistence.
One of the very best wines I have tasted from Graham Tatomer, the 2012 Gruner Veltliner Meeresboden, is laced with vibrant, crystalline notes of lemon, jasmine and crushed rocks. The 2012 is all about precision and delineation. This is a terrific showing, not to mention a wine loaded with true character. Drinking window: 2013 - 2017. This is one of the best sets of wines I have tasted from Graham Tatomer. This year the lineup is a little bit broader than usual, which will undoubtedly please fans of this small winery (and that includes me) quite a bit. Pricing remains very fair relative to the quality of what goes into the bottle.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
All from the John Sebastiano Vineyard and very sandy soils, the 2012 Gruner Veltliner Meeresboden is a beauty that readers need to get their hands on. Giving up perfumed, lively notes of lychee nut, tropical fruits, exotic flowers and citrus, it is a vibrant, delicious white that has rocking acidity and purity. Summer quaffers don’t get much better. Drink now-2014.