Tamber Bey Vineyards

2021 Pinot Noir Radian Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills AVA, Santa Barbara County, CA
Availablity

17 in stock

Price:
$85.00
Availablity

17 in stock

Appearance medium ruby
Aromas raspberry, black cherry, cranberry, cacao nibs, moist garden soil, mossy bark, dried herbs
Palate cherry, rhubarb, English Breakfast, black truffle, bright acidity, medium- body, integrated tannins, extended finish
Food Pairing Suggestions
rare to medium-rare Filet Mignon, mushroom and caramelized onion pizza, blackened salmon, root vegetables, pork chop
Composition

100% Pinot Noir, clone 667

Region

Sta. Rita Hills AVA, Santa Barbara County, CA


Production
238 cases, 60 magnums
Alcohol
14.2%
Aging Potential
10-15 years
Vineyard
Radian Vineyard
About The Vineyard

The 100-acre Radian Vineyard is one of three new Pinot Noir fields that Tamber Bey has sourced fruit from for its new Pinot Noir projects. The vineyard is named for one of two distinct ridgelines that define the property.


It is located in the renowned Santa Rita Hills Appellation of Santa Barbara County, which is one of the premiere regions in California for growing this grape. Its southern exposure and proximity to the Pacific Ocean (8 miles from the coast) make it one of the coolest-climate vineyards in the appellation. Radian Vineyard sits at an elevation of 522 feet, with its highest point reaching 700 feet. Here, the grapes are exposed to erratic wind conditions, the influence of which is expressed in the tannin structure of the grapes. The rocky, well-draining soil composition is clay, loam, and diatomaceous earth, which provides a level of heat retention that is critical when growing Pinot Noir in high-altitude, windy areas. The first vintage of Tamber Bey Pinot Noir from this vineyard will the 2021 vintage.


Winemaker Notes

This wine hails from an extreme site in the Sta. Rita Hills Appellation of Santa Barbara County, where the diatomaceous soils and ocean breeze leave an indelible impact, resulting in a truly terroir-driven wine. There is a vibrant intensity and juicy persistence that leaves the mouth salivating, highlighting the wine’s minerality as layers of nuance unfold with time in the glass. Still in its infancy, savory notes, crushed red and blue fruits, exuberant floral notes and alluring sweet oak undertones come together harmoniously with plenty of tension and complexity. Aromas deliver coastal herbs, pungent raspberry, pomegranate, licorice, and black tea. The flavor palate unveils pomegranate, black raspberry, rhubarb, pink and red rose petals, and tarragon. The texture is vivid, electric, and seductive. The wine glides across the palate seamlessly, integrating the acidity of the site with plenty of ripe juicy fruit, and depth. This was picked at full phenolic ripeness with very high natural acidity resulting in a wine with fantastic structure and a very long life ahead. It will continue to improve over the next 10-15 years.


Aged 11 months in 30% new French oak, 70% neutral French oak


Tasting Events

Vintner Barry Waitte and Winemaker Derek Flegal join us live on SIP Virtual Wine Tasting & Education series to talk about this wine and why they decided on the Radian Vineyard.


About the Winemaker

winemaker dere flegal standing by wine barrels at tamber bey vineyards

Calistoga native Derek Flegal was named winemaker for Tamber Bey Vineyards in June, 2020 after two years in the assistant winemaker position. He began down his path toward a career in winemaking after working back-to-back harvests in St. Helena and Mendoza, Argentina in 2011 and 2012, respectively. With two harvests under his belt, he decided to further his education by studying Enology at Fresno State University. Upon completion in 2014, he took a cellar worker position at Outpost Wines, where he began his working relationship with winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown. From there, he spent three years at Jericho Canyon Vineyard, where he honed his cellar and laboratory skills and worked his way up to Assistant Winemaker.  While there, he gained valuable experience by working alongside such renowned winemakers as Michel Rolland, Aaron Pott and Heidi Barrett. Flegal lived in Spain for 4 years and Argentina for a year, where he developed a love for travel, culture, and the great wines of the world.

About the Winery
Tamber Bey Vineyards
Tamber Bey is a family-owned and operated business that produces wine from its two estate-owned vineyards in Napa Valley, the Estate Vineyard in the Oakville Appellation and the Deux Chevaux Vineyard in the Yountville Appellation, as well as sourced fruit from seven premium vineyards in Napa, Sonoma and Lake counties. The winery is located in Calistoga at the Sundance Ranch. The name Tamber Bey reflects the names of owner Barry Waitte’s first two Arabian endurance horses, Tamborina (Tamber) and Bayamo (Bey).
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