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Sparkling & White - RIESLING, Vandenberg, Tatomer. Santa Barbara, California

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2012 Now finished: RIESLING, Vandenberg, Tatomer. Santa Barbara, California (Half)

Bin: 899
Alcohol Percentage: 13%
Area: Santa Barbara County is the increasingly sought-after area (north of LA, south of San Francisco) where many of the best new-wave California producers are making modern, 'elegant' wines.
For Tatomer's Vandenberg "A majority of the fruit comes from Kick-on Ranch, while the rest comes from other older vineyards in the area. Typically, the selection for Vandenberg are grapes with a higher percentage of Botrytis, or Noble Rot. The result is a richer more fruit driven wine. It has more of the stone fruit flavors often associated with Riesling, nice minerality, and some slight botrytis notes often expressed as honey, or pollen. The reason the wine is called Vandenberg is because the Kick-on Ranch is located about a mile from the Air Force Base with the same name."
Grape Variety: 100% Riesling
Producer: Graham Tatomer is a brilliant and unique addition to the California wine scene. He trained at the renowned Brewer-Clifron winery in Santa Barbara but also spent 2 years with the famous Knoll winery in the Wachau, Austria. Starting solo, he decided to buy up some of the few patches of Gruner Veltliner and Riesling in his area - and to encourage growers to plant more.
The opposite of the 'big bucks' boutique winery that dominates California, Graham buys in grapes as and when he can, and makes his wines in one corner of a co-operative warehouse in Santa Maria.
Old Bridge Rating: Expensive of course, but this is so convincingly top-class, in the style of the best of Austria or Alsace

£18.95 per bottle
£18.00 per bottle in a mixed case of 6 bottles
£17.06 per bottle in a mixed case of 12 bottles

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