2006 Tyler - Chardonnay Zotovich Family 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Vinfolio | Rating: 94

Shows a big buttery nose with salt, ginger, stone fruit and licorice with penetrating acidity. The flavor is bold and extracted with toasty, layered stone fruit, lemon and a persistent lushness.

Drink Dates: 2008-2012
Author: Vinfolio Team
Issue: 197

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 91
Author: Bacchus2000
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 01/08/2011
Tropical flavors of guava, white peach and nectarine, accented by elements of pear, blanched almond and citrus with a lush richness on the initial impression and a lovely cream brulee and vanilla quality.

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Average rating: 94, based on 2 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

19 bottles owned by 6 collectors.

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About This Producer


Owner/Winemaker Justin Willett began as Assistant Winemaker for Joe Davis of Arcadian before founding Tyler in 2005. Specializing in vineyard designated Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from top sites in Santa Barbara, the style at Tyler reflects Willett's dedication to producing wines of delicacy and balance.

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Wine Varietal: Chardonnay


Arguably the best dry white wine grape out there, Chardonnay is grown all over the globe. In addition to being the backbone of fine white Burgundies, Chardonnay is also one of the three major grape varieties used in producing Champagne. Susceptible to a myriad of complications, Chardonnay berries are relatively small, thin-skinned, fragile, and oxidize easily. Chardonnay grapes can be sensitive to winemaking techniques and more difficult to handle from harvest to bottling than many other varieties. Some producers will use malolactic fermentation (where harsher malic acid is turned into softer lactic acid and carbon dioxide) to reduce crispness and acidity and add a creamy, buttery texture to wines. The "oaky" character of some Chardonnays comes from fermenting or aging which takes place in oak barrels. Once barrel-aged, Chardonnay may take on notes of vanilla or toast. While Chardonnay is produced worldwide, the best can be found in France, the United States, Argentina, Chile, Australia, Italy, New Zealand, and South Africa. Typical descriptors for Chardonnay include mineral, green apple, citrus, tropical fruits, vanilla, butter and smokiness.

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