Santa Rita Hills, California
Vinous 93 points! Wine Advocate 92 points!
Tyler Chardonnay Zotovich Family Vineyard from Santa Rita Hills is a superb Chardonnay from this appellation. Owner and Winemaker, Justin Willett was born and raised in Santa Barbara, CA and graduated with a BA in History of Art and Architecture from the University of California-Santa Barbara. In 2005, while working as the Assistant Winemaker at Arcadian Winery, he started Tyler Winery with a focus exclusively on exceptional vineyard sites throughout the Sta. Rita Hills and Santa Maria Valley within Santa Barbara County. Overtime, he has developed relationships with specific growers, who have seen how he works, enjoyed the wines he produces as well as respect his viticultural knowledge of the area and his input of its terroir.
"The 2017 Chardonnay Zotovich Family Vineyard is pretty, floral and lifted, as wines from this site on sandy soils tend to be. Soft contours and light tropical notes give the wine a lovely sense of immediacy, while bright acids add energy. Justin Willet has done a terrific job in bringing texture to a vineyard that often yields airy wines. The 2017 will be even better with a few years in bottle. It is such an elegant Chardonnay."-Antonio Galloni, Vinous, Sept 2019, 93 points!
"The 2017 Chardonnay Zotovich Vineyard opens with gunflint, smoke, saline and crushed shell aromas, fleshing out to acacia, lime peel, white peach, chalk and dried hay. The light to medium-bodied palate is tensile, minerally and precise with warm citrus flavors lifted by tangy acidity and a chalky texture, finishing long and nervy. 52 cases were made. Drink 2019-2027."-Erin Brooks, Wine Advocate, 92 points!
Enjoy Tyler Chardonnay Zotovich Family Vineyard with lobster, roast chicken, grilled salmon, and aged cheeses.