Tyler 2021 Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills, California
The wine is a combination of whole-cluster and destemmed Pinot Noir primarily from the Dierberg Family's Drum Vineyard in the Santa Rita Hills. Pressing occurs in large oak open-top fermentors. After 3-5 days of fermentation with judicious use of both punch-downs and pump-overs, the wine is transferred to French oak barriques, 10% of which is new. The wine is left on its lees for 8-9 months before being racked, and blended back into stainless steel for additional age.
Aromatically the wine is fruit-driven with notes of tart cherries, red cherries, blackberries, and plums with hints of crushed stone and fine black pepper. On the palate, the wine is much more earthy with dried herbs and a touch of citrus.