Graham Tatomer began working in the wine business at the age of 16 for Santa Barbara Winery. Initially, it was a simple paycheck, but it soon grew into a passion and now, nearly two decades later, it has become his life's pursuit. Through his journey he has made Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Syrah, as well as numerous other varieties from some of the best vineyards throughout California's Central Coast. The sites that excite him have been the coldest ones, lending to wines of lighter weight, nuanced flavors, and bracing acidity. Riesling is the ultimate grape to pursue these characteristics. No other grape conveys its region's character and varietal flavor with the power, focus, and beauty the way Riesling does.
In 2003, Graham packed his bags and moved to Austria to try to get a better grip on the growing and making of Riesling. He was able to find work with Weingut Knoll, who turned him on to the Grüner Veltliner grape. What initially was planned to be a ten-week trip turned into a year and two additional harvests.
In 2008 Graham founded Tatomer with two Riesling vineyards. His intention was to use his knowledge to make bone-dry Riesling in California unlike many of the off-dry examples in the marketplace today. He made a mere 400 cases in a small corner of a good friend's boutique winery. Since then, he has added one more Riesling vineyard, as well as two Grüner Veltliner vineyards for a total production of 1,100 cases
This wine is a blend of multiple pickings from multiple sites in Santa Barbara County. A majority of the fruit comes from "Kick-on Ranch," while the rest comes from other older vineyards in the area. Typically, the selection for Vandenberg are grapes with a higher percentage of Botrytis, or "Noble Rot." The result is a richer more fruit driven wine. It has more of the stone fruit flavors often associated with Riesling, nice minerality, and some slight botrytis notes often expressed as honey, or pollen. The reason the wine is called Vandenberg is because the Kick-on Ranch is located about a mile from the Air Force Base with the same name
Gruner Veltliner Meeresboden
The name translates to "Ocean Soil", in this case, sand. This wine is blended from several small plantings along hillsides in Santa Barbara County. The common thread besides all being cool climate sites is that they share a similar soil structure of sand, diatomaceous earth, and loam. Meeresboden is balanced with stone fruit, and yellow citrus flavors, as well as a salty, kelp-like minerality. Young, this wine is bright and racy, with age it becomes silky and more honeyed..
Pinot Noir SBC
This country style Pinot Noir is a blend of various vineyards in the area. The clones used are 115, 667, 777, and Pommard. Beautiful floral and red fruit aromas are on the nose. The same flavors carry on to the pallet with a bit of earth as well. This is red wine