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

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

Regular price $32.00 Sale price $21.97 Save $10.03

VM93 WE93 WS92
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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 - 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)

98 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2021 vintage):
The Diatom 2021 Chardonnay has inviting poached pears, quince and lemongrass aromas with touches of baker's yeast, honeycomb and acacia. The medium-bodied palate balances generous, exotic fruits and a touch of textural grip with bright waves of acidity, finishing long and flavorful. This Chardonnay is dynamic and so delicious!