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Diatom 2023 Chardonnay, Santa Barbara County

Diatom 2023 Chardonnay, Santa Barbara County

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Last vintage was #37 in WS Top 100 of 2023 made by Wine Enthusiast Awarded Winemaker of the Year in 2020!

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  • 93 Points!
  • Santa Barbara Chardonnay
  • Winemaker of the Year (2020) - Wine Enthusiast
  • A precise, balanced white
  • Previous vintage was #37 in WS Top 100 of 2023

About Diatom 2023 Chardonnay, Santa Barbara County

Greg started his career as a French instructor at UC Santa Barbara before being trained in wine production at Santa Barbara Winery starting in 1991. He created his eponymous label, Brewer-Clifton, with original partner Steve Clifton in 1996 and was the winemaker at Melville Winery from its inception in 1997 through the end of 2015. Greg additionally created the label, Diatom, focusing on starkly raised Chardonnay, and Ex Post Facto, a Santa Barbara County Syrah. The entirety of his career has been committed to the Sta. Rita Hills appellation, which he helped to map, define, and establish in 1997.

With Diatom, Winemaker Greg Brewer seeks to capture Chardonnay in its most pure and unadulterated state. Diatom is named for diatomaceous earth, which is a plankton fossil found in the oceanic landscape of Santa Barbara County.

The 2023 diatom Santa Barbara Chardonnay offers aromas of lemon, citrus blossom and wet sand with flavors of saline and white peach on the palate. A precise, balanced wine.

Wine Spectator scored this 93 points saying, “This stunning wine leaps out of the glass, with concentrated flavors and aromas of white peach, quince and pineapple, plus floral accents of orange blossoms and lemon curd. Finishes with mouthwatering acidity, a note of crunchy sea salt minerality and a whiff of lemon verbena.”

Wine Details

  • Alcohol % 12.0%
  • Bottle Size 750 ml
  • Wine Type White
  • Country United States
  • Region California
  • Appellation Santa Barbara

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Previous Vintage Rating

2013 Antonio Galloni, Vinous
2010 Wine Spectator
2014 Antonio Galloni, Vinous
2014 Wine Spectator
2012 Wine Advocate

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