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2015 Tyler "Bien Nacido Vineyard - W Block" Santa Maria Chardonnay (Previously $50)

SKU #1343991 95 points Vinous

 Tyler's 2015 Chardonnay Bien Nacido Vineyard - W Block is just as compelling from bottle as it was from tank last year. Soaring aromatics and intense fruit are two of the signatures, but it is the wine's overall balance that elevates it to the realm of the finest wines of the year. Weightless and yet intensely saline, the 2015 is superb. Don't miss it. (AG)  (9/2017)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Chardonnay Bien Nacido Block W has white peaches and grapefruit on the nose with touches of lemongrass, shaved almonds and white pepper. Light-bodied with plenty of citrus and stone fruit freshness, it has a zippy backbone and mineral suggestions on the finish. (LPB)  (9/2017)

K&L Notes

Winery notes: "From the eastern edge of the Bien Nacido property, here the vines grown in the most shale laden gravel soils. These well drained, mineral soils along with the fact that the vines are planted on their own roots back in 1973 always produce the most powerful Chardonnay. It's chalky with a mineral core, notes of black tea and curry. W-Block shows excellent palate weight, texture and bright acidity giving it a long, juicy finish that will only get better with age."

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Staff Image By: Morgan Laurie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/6/2018 | Send Email
What an incredibly lovely Chardonnay. Richly textured and lush on the palate, it’s balanced beautifully with a firm streak of acidity that cuts through. Aromas of honeysuckle, saline, citrus and orchard fruit with a hint of hazelnut give the nose serious depth. Another outstanding selection from Tyler Winery.

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Santa Maria/Santa Barbara

- Santa Maria and Santa Ynez make up the two AVAs of Santa Barbara County, an area known for its natural beauty and temperate climate. The best grape-growing areas, however, are located on the very coastal reaches of these two appellations, and are cooled by ever-present fog and ocean breezes (it is even cooler and foggier here than Carneros!). As expected, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir thrive while the more inland zones lay claim to Bordeaux varietals and some Rhône blends.