Graham Tatomer is definitely a Californian winemaker to watch. This stunning, very slightly off dry white, proves that it’s not only the Austrian and German big boys who can produce great Riesling.
Graham Tatomer’s career in wine started back in high school and after he worked the holidays at a local winery all the way through college (in Santa Barbara), he decided that he had found his career path. Drawn to ...Learn more
“Graham Tatomer’s Austrian inspirations come on fully in this wine, sourced from the Los Alamos corridor in northern Santa Barbara. With some time on the grape skins and aging in neutral wood, it’s got textural weight to match the talc, lime leaf, and intense wet-stone mineral aspects, which match a spectrum of citrus and fresh peach. Just enough of an implication of sweetness here to soften its edges — a great step forward for California Riesling.”
“Herbal nose. Bone dry. Perhaps very, very slightly phenolic but awfully good for an American Riesling. Pure and correct.”
“Beautiful Riesling expression that opens with white fruit aromas and floral notes. The vineyard, located in Alamos, benefits from a constant cool Pacific breeze, giving the wine a refreshing palate with a pure and elegant varietal character of citrus, minerals and a touch of petrol. Short skin contact in the winery adds richness and texture. Overall, this is a versatile wine to enjoy with or without food.”
“A regal, flamboyant wine, Tatomer's 2013 Riesling Kick-On Ranch possesses fabulous aromatic intensity, beautifully layered fruit and exceptional overall balance. Six grams of residual sugar gives the wine an extra dimension of breadth to match its superb varietal definition. The Kick On does not have any botrytis, nor is it aged in oak; rather the richness and textures are the result of ten hours of skin contact, which really seems to draw out the flavors and textures. ”