2011 Tatomer "Vandenberg" Santa Barbara County Riesling
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Pale gold. Exotic aromas of melon, nectarine and white flowers, with a hint of honey in the background. Silky and penetrating on the palate, offering intense orchard and pit fruit flavors and a hint of Meyer lemon. Fleshy but fresh and energetic, finishing with strong punch, clarity and floral-driven persistence.
The 2011 Riesling Vandenberg is all about texture. Seamless, round and inviting, the 2011 stands out for its layered fruit. Hints of white flowers, pears and apples linger on the nuanced finish. All the elements fall into place nicely. The 2011 growing season resulted in an October harvest and about 10% botrytised fruit in this site. 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
Showing a touch more Riesling character, with lychee, mint and green herbs, the 2011 Riesling Vandenberg is medium-bodied, supple and possesses solid purity of fruit and a clean, refreshing style. Sweetly fruited (this cuvee gets some botrytis-affected grapes), it, too, is a supremely delicious effort that’s hard to resist. Drink now-2015. Started in 2008 by Graham Tatomer (assistant winemaker at Brewer-Clifton and boasting an impressive resume working at top estates in California and Austria) with the goal to focus on bone dry Rieslings, this estate is a treasure trove of beautifully made, refreshing whites.