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Tamber Bey Vineyards
15 in stock
15 in stock
15 in stock
15 in stock
Sta. Rita Hills AVA, Santa Barbara County, CA
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.
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
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.
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.
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