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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 – 2016 Lindsay’s Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills) – $65 Bottle
The winery has been working with this same block since 2005, and its experience shows, starting with aromas of rugged thyme, bay leaf, peppercorn and wild cherry. There’s an earthy core to the palate, with forest floor, moss, wild mint and thyme flavors, but quite a lot of raspberry fruit as well. Extremely energetic throughout.
94 Points – 2016 La Encantada Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills) – $65 Bottle 

The nose on this bottling from a vineyard planted in 2000 is loaded with raspberry gelato, hibiscus and spicy cinnamon-stick aromas on the nose. There’s a twiggy herbal edge to the palate, where dried sagebrush, wild thyme and peppercorn play with tangy cranberry and nearly tapenade flavors. Intriguing throughout.

93 Points –  2016 Dierberg Pinot Noir (Santa Maria Valley) – $65 Bottle

Light raspberry and strawberry aromas mesh with star anise and close on the pleasing if somewhat mellow nose of this single-vineyard expression. Riper, richer flavors of vanilla, oak, baking spice and cooked berries show on the palate, which is powered by strong acid.

93 Points – 2016 Zotovich Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills) – $65 Bottle
Framboise, sweet dill, moss and dewy herbs show on the nose of this bottling from the Sta. Rita Hills. A grippy texture grabs hold of the palate right away and won’t let go, allowing pungent and underripe strawberry, cinnamon and all spice flavors to grab the attention.
94 Points – 2016 Zotovich Chardonnay (Sta. Rita Hills) – $52 Bottle

Broad aromas of white peach, gardenia, jasmine and butter are leveled by a sharp lemone note on the nose. The palate is tense at first, eventually releasing waves of butter, lemon balm and melon, proving creamy and bright at once.

93 Points – 2016 Dierberg Chardonnay (Santa Maria Valley) – $52 Bottle

Smoked almonds, wood spice, peach and Meyer lemon preserves show on the nose of this bottling, which comes from vines planted in 1997. It’s very tightly wound on the palate, with plenty of peach, mango and salted lemon flavors riding balanced acidity.

92 Points – 2016 Tondre Chardonnay (Santa Lucia Highlands) – $52 Bottle

Lemon syrup, toasty sandalwood, dried mango and nectarine show on the nose of this bottling from vines planted in 2007. The palate pairs squeezed lemon, guava and mango-cream flavors with a hint of oak and decent acid, finishing with a waxy texture.

89 Points – 2015 Ingeborg Syrah (Los Olivos District) – $42 Bottle 
Very ripe aromas of black plum, elderflower, jasmine and a hint of teriyaki show on the nose of this bottling. It’s clean and full on the palate with a strong sticky tannic tension, showing primarily black-plum flavors.
89 Points – 2015 Mateo Vineyard Cabernet Franc (Los Olivos District) – $60 Bottle

Very plump berries are cut by underlying aromas of stinging nettle and uncracked peppercorns on the nose of this single-vineyard expression. Classic flavors of boysenberry with white pepper dust and dried herbs show on the palate, where acid cuts into a thicker mouthfeel.

 
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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