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We are excited to share scores and reviews of our most current vintage of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc.  Cheers!
 

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95 Points – 2014 Pinot Noir Tondre – $60 btl 

Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey County, Central Coast

Winemaker Rick Hill extracts tons of aroma and flavor from this vineyard, which in this bottling shows sagebrush, deep black plum, smoked thyme and light gingerbread notes. The flavors are hearty and rugged, with more sagebrush and smoke, strong mulberrry fruit, peppercorns and roasted meats. It’s a rich and savory wine.

 

94 Points – 2014 Pinot Noir Zotovich – $70 btl 

Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara County, Central Coast

There’s unique sharpness to the chaparral spice on the nose of this bottling, where black sage meshes into rooty flavors of beet and rhubarb as well as violets and black tea. That Earl Grey tea component pops on the earthy palate, where baked black plum and black raspberry are laid across a base of dried purple flowers and pine-laden forest floor.

 

94 Points – 2013 Cabernet Franc Mateo’s Vineyard – $60 btl 

Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara County, Central Coast

Oak plays a major role in this bottling from the owners’ Mateo Vineyard, somewhat masking the variety’s characteristically peppery hints, but it’s lavish and delicious. Blueberry, blackcurrant, cocoa and warm pastry notes hit the nose, and the extremely smooth palate unleashes blackberry pie, dark-chocolate fudge and cappuccino flavors, without being sweet.

 

94 Points – 2014 Pinot Noir Dierberg – $60 btl 

Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara County, Central Coast

This zesty and fresh bottling offers thyme, bay leaf, cooked cranberries and piles of dried chapparal on the garrigue-focused nose. Light berries and cherry tomatoes decorate the palate, where dried basil, tomato leaf, pepper, bay leaf and crushed sage shine.

 

93 Points – 2014 Pinot Noir Bentrock – $65 btl 

Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara County, Central Coast

This is a heady and attention-stealing wine, starting from the powerful nose that shows ripe strawberries, cherries, cinnamon and Christmas spice galore. Rounded red fruits like strawberryand cranberry come with a spice rack of clove, allspice, thyme, marjoram, sagebrush and other crushed herbs.

 

93 Points – 2014 Chardonnay Talley Rincon – $48 btl 
Arroyo Grande Valley, Central Coast
Salty lemon and ripe apple aromas combine for a very inviting nose that also shows pineapple and creamy lily scents on this bottling from a historic vineyard. A fine line of gunmetal tension runs down the middle of the palate, which opens toward a fuller-bodied wine with lots of lemon peel and butter flavors as well as a nicely chalky mouthfeel.

 

92 Points – 2014 Chardonnay Zotovich – $48 btl 

Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara County, Central Coast

Squeezed lime, tangerine rind and juice and yellow-grapefruit zest show on the sharply citrusy nose of this bottling, which is expertly rounded out by white peach and chalk. Light stone-fruit flavors of nectarine and apple blossom show first on the palate, which is cut by lemon juice and green grapefruit, and warmed up with sea salt, toast and walnut-oil touches.

 

92 Points – 2014 Pinot Noir Lindsay’s Vineyard – $65 btl 

Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara County, Central Coast

The dense nose of this bottling intrigues as it unleashes dense blackberries, graphite, slate and a touch of licorice. The palate is tightly wound, with pomegranate, elderberry and tart plum enhanced by fennel, bay leaf and an aromatic lift on the finish. Bottle age will improve this wine immensely.

 

91 Points – 2014 Pinot Noir La Encantada – $65 btl 

Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara County, Central Coast

Fruity aromas of fresh strawberry mash mix with touches of slate and a twist of dried mint on the nose of this bottling by winemaker Rick Hill. The palate relies on light black-raspberry flavors that are lifted by black-tea leaves and a touch of orange-rind tang.

 

91 Points – 2014 Pinot Noir Talley Rincon – $65 btl 

Arroyo Grande Valley, Central Coast

This bottling from an iconic vineyard is subtle yet steady on the nose, with cinnamon and nutmeg spice giving character to a red-cherry base. The vibrant palate keeps the mouth watering, showing clove and more nutmeg atop sharper cranberry and warmer cherry fruit tones.

 

90 Points – 2014 Chardonnay Dierberg – $48 btl 

Santa Maria Valley, Santa Barbara County, Central Coast

Clean though rich and creamy notes of yellow-peach custard, vanilla bean, butter and crushed walnuts show on the nose of this bottling by a winery that sources widely to present a varied and impressive portfolio of Chardonnay. Marzipan, cashew butter, cooked yellow apples and a drop of iodine show on the unctuous palate.

 

 

ANTONIO GALLONI
 

“This is one of the strongest lineups I have ever tasted from Tantara. After a few years of uneven quality, Tantara has come back with a largely terrific set of wines. The new oak has come down and the fruit seems to be coming in at slightly lower sugars. Things don’t change overnight, and there are still a few wines that need work, but overall, I was quite impressed with what I tasted.”    
– Antonio Galloni. Tasting date: June 2016

 

92 Points – 2014 Chardonnay Zotovich – $48 btl 
Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara County, Central Coast
Another standout, the 2014 Chardonnay Zotovich is bright and focused from start to finish. Pear, white flowers and mint are some of the signatures in this super-appealing, mid-weight Chardonnay from Tantara. Here, too, the flavors are vibrant and finely cut. The personality of Zotovich comes through nicely.

 

92 Points – 2014 Chardonnay Talley Rincon – $48 btl
Arroyo Grande Valley, Central Coast
The 2014 Chardonnay Talley Rincon, from Brian Talley’s vineyard in Edna Valley, is wonderfully nuanced and layered throughout. Yellow stone fruit, mint, almond, honey and chamomile notes are all laced together in a beautifully delineated Chardonnay long on class.

 

92 Points – 2014 Pinot Noir Bentrock – $65 btl
Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara County, Central Coast
The 2014 Pinot Noir Bentrock is one of the highlights in the range. Vibrant, powerful, but also nuanced, the Bentrock shows just how pedigreed this site is. Black cherry, plum, spice, mint, licorice and lavender give the 2014 its luscious, yet translucent layers of nuance. This is one of the best wines I have tasted from Tantara in some time.

 

91 Points – 2014 Chardonnay Dierberg – $48 btl

Santa Maria Valley, Santa Barbara County, Central Coast
The 2014 Chardonnay Dierberg shows the more tropically leaning side of this Santa Maria site. Orange peel, apricot, honey and butter give the Dierberg a real sense of richness, but all the elements are very nicely balanced.

 

91 Points – 2014 Pinot Noir Dierberg – $60 btl

Santa Maria Valley, Santa Barbara County, Central Coast
The 2014 Pinot Noir Dierberg is quite pretty, if a bit linear next to the other wines in the range. Still, the wine’s energy is intriguing. Bright red stone fruit, rose petal and chalk give the 2014 its pointed, driving personality. The Dierberg offers an intriguing interplay of tense, linear Dierberg structure and the bold, racy expression of fruit that is such a Tantara signature

 

91 Points – 2014 Pinot Noir Talley Rincon – $65 btl

Arroyo Grande Valley, Central Coast
The 2014 Pinot Noir Talley Rincon shows more of an earthy, savory profile. Black cherry, crushed leaves, licorice, tobacco and savory herbs are some of the signatures, but it is the wine’s ample, broad feel that is most distinctive. Brian Talley’s Rincon Vineyard is one of the most distinctive sites in California’s Central Coast. That pedigree comes through loud and clear here.

 

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