Don’t let the varietal fool you, or twist your tongue. It is Pinot Noir, but the German naming, as it implies, is a late ripening (spät) varietal from Burgundy—Spätburgunder. Documents show that Pinot Noir vines were brought to Germany from Burgundy in the 14th century. Graham Tatomer, lucid master of SBC Riesling and Grüner Veltliner after several harvests in Austria at renowned Weingut Knoll, is one of our favorites, both for his work in the bottle and in person while sharing wines at Les Marchands. We share a similar mindset and appreciate specific vineyards that possess character. Graham says it well, “The sites that excite me have been the coldest ones, lending to wines of lighter weight, nuanced flavors, and bracing acidity.” Graham has been in and around the Santa Barbara wine world since he was 16 years old and sources these grapes for his rosé from Edna Valley, a vineyard planted on decomposed granite soils. Expect a lively, fresh rosé with firm texture and just the right amount of tension. Latch onto some charcuterie and hard cheese with this.
Label I.Q.: The grizzly bear on the Tatomer label is a reference to the CA state animal. Similar presentations occur on European labels showing animals that represent regions, like the VDP eagle symbol on German Prädikat wines and the Flanders lion on Belgium beers.