Pinot Noir Duvarita 2015

Tatomer Vintage 2015 Bottle Sizes 750ml Country United States Region California Appellation Santa Barbara County Wine Type Red - Still Varietals Pinot Noir Farming Certified Biodynamic/Organic Vineyard Duvarita is a vineyard just west of the Sta. Rita Hills in the town of Lompoc, California. It sits on a south-east facing slope exposed to the Pacific Ocean wind. Duvarita starts at 180 feet and topping at 340 feet in elevation. The 26 acre vineyard has rows that are seven feet apart and with three feet between vines. Clones: 667 and Pommard. Soil Well drained sandy loam. Viticulture The vineyard is farmed using biodynamic principles and are cane pruned at 22 inches off the ground to protect from the wind and benefit from the radiant heat of the earth. Vinification The grapes were harvest on August 19th and on September 1st. They underwent a 1 day cold soak and 80% of the grapes were left whole cluster. "I gently and intentionally punched the must down once per day for two weeks. It was then pressed to neutral barrel where it rested on the grosses lees for 11 months until finally being racked and sulfured for the first time. It was bottled 2 days later. The goal was simple; low intervention with the intention of expressing a wonderful vineyard through the lens of Pinot Noir." - Graham Tatomer Aging Aged in neutral French oak for 11 months. Production 150 cases. Notes "Dark red fruits, and autumnal flavors consume one's palette and nose. The wine is light, silky, and has the perfect amount of tannin to ensure a long life." - Graham Tatomer
Publication Vinous Rating 93

One of the standouts in this range, the 2015 Pinot Noir Duvarita is gorgeous. Dark and vibrant in color, but with striking translucence, this is a wonderfully complete wine. The 80% whole clusters add aromatic nuance to a core of finely etched fruit. Hints of lavender, rose petal and sage add the closing shades of nuance. The 2015 could use a bit of time to shed some tannin, but it is impressive.

– Antonio Galloni, September 2017