Diatom Chardonnay 2022 (Santa Barbara County, California) - [VM 93] [WE 93] [WA 93] [WS 92,
Diatom Chardonnay 2022 (Santa Barbara County, California) - [VM 93] [WE 93] [WA 93] [WS 92,
Diatom Chardonnay 2022 (Santa Barbara County, California) - [VM 93] [WE 93] [WA 93] [WS 92,

Diatom Chardonnay 2022
(Santa Barbara County, California) - [VM 93] [WE 93] [WA 93] [WS 92, #37 Top 100 Of 2023]


Regular price $32.00 Sale price $24.97 Save $7.03
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Notes from the Winemaker:

Diatom specializes in only one variety—Chardonnay— and is motivated by the pursuit of subtraction and refinement. Fermented at low temperatures in small stainless-steel tanks, coupled with inhibited malolactic fermentation and short hose transportation, Diatom intends to capture Chardonnay in its most raw, carnal state. Winemaker Greg Brewer (of Brewer-Clifton fame) strives to imbue recognition of place with as little disturbance, distraction or interference as possible. The resulting wines have a sense of transparency and a purity of intent and purpose. Diatom is named for diatomaceous earth, which is a plankton fossil found in the oceanic landscape of Santa Barbara County.

Tasting Notes:

The 2022 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.

Ratings & Reviews:

93 Points - Vinous Media:
"The 2022 Chardonnay (Santa Barbara County) is stellar. Powerful and textured, the 2022 is super-expressive from the very first taste. Even with very short elevage and blocked malolactic fermentation, the 2022 possesses tons of depth. Lemon confit, marzipan, white flowers and tangerine all are beautifully amplified. All of this fruit is from Mission Hills in Los Alamos. Greg Brewer did a fabulous job with the 2022. With a production of 17,000 cases and a price of just $25, the Diatom Chardonnay is both delicious and a tremendous value. Bravo." - Antonio Galloni (Sep 2023)

93 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
The 2022 Chardonnay, vinified without malolactic conversion and matured in stainless steel, opens with inviting aromas of quince, white peaches, toasted meringue and citrus blossom streaked with hints of matchstick and saline. The medium-bodied palate balances ripe, floral fruit with focused acidity, and a touch of textural breadth lengthens the finish. It combines the verve of Chablis with the ripeness of California. It deserves 2-3 years in bottle to unwind.

93 Points - Wine Enthusiast:
"Fascinating aromas of Asian pear, lime and white rocks create a cohesive combination on the nose of this bottling by Greg Brewer. The palate is tremendously tense and lively, using crushed seashell and yuzu flavors to offset the tropical hints of guava peel and spicy pepper touches." - MK (Nov 2023)

92 Points, #37 Top 100 of 2023 - Wine Spectator:
"Offers grilled pineapple, white peach and lemon blossom flavors that are robust and effortless on a sleek, juicy frame, with fresh-cut green apple, tarragon and sea spray notes emerging on the mouthwatering finish. Drink now." - MW (Jul 2023)