Justin Willett started out as an assistant winemaker and worked his way up owning his own label, which he created in 2005 producing a whopping 190 cases. His meticulous attention to detail has elevated him to “Must Have” status among many Chardonnay and Pinot Noir lovers. Working with some of the best vineyards in the Santa Rita Hills and Santa Barbara county, Justin has wowed many with his great craft. His latest releases all garnered big press (95 – 100 point ratings). So after a decade of slinging grapes, you’d say that he got the hang of it! GO JUSTIN!
100 Points – Purely Domestic Wine Report: The nose is pristine fresh, and focused resinous lemon, gardenia, wax and dry mineral. The palate entry is lean, pure and vibrant lemon, dried honey and white florals offering sophisticated layering of green apple, pear and nectarine fruit, toast and mineral. Always an impressive wine from this producer. Hard to top this, however. Flawless. Drink 2021 – 2035.
95 Points- Decanter: Tyler Winery is fortunate to have access to some of the most prized fruit in Santa Barbara County, and none more-so than the original, own-rooted Chardonnay vines at Sanford & Benedict Vineyard. This is as definitive, complex, and pleasurable as it gets for Chardonnay from this vineyard, showing a combination of stone and orchard fruits melded with a taught, firm, mineral structure, all framed with an earthy, moss-like note. Aged for 10 months in 500l barrique, 15% of it new. Drinking Window 2022 – 2040
95 Points Vinous: ”The 2018 Chardonnay Sanford & Benedict Vineyard is one of the most elegant and refined wines in the Tyler range. White flowers, mint, citrus confit, sage and white orchard fruit. Justin Willet did a terrific job capturing all of the character of S&B in this very pretty and expressive Chardonnay. The 2018 is beautifully perfumed, but it also has terrific presence, with plenty of bright, saline notes to play off its natural richness.”