2008 Tatomer Kick-on Ranch Riesling

Wine Review: 2008 Tatomer Kick-on Ranch Riesling, Santa Barbara County, California

They should really rename this wine to Kick-Ass Ranch Riesling, but I guess that would mean a vineyard name change. This small vineyard located in Los Alamos (and we are not talking about the Malbec in Mendoza!) near the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. What I find interesting about the land is that frigid winds flow through the vineyard daily. It is not often you hear about really cold winds…cool, yes, but not frigid, which makes me wonder if this is largely why the wine personifies a cool, zippy factor to it.  

The winemaker gives the grapes from this vineyard the full “Austrian treatment’, meaning that there is some skin contact and then it is aged in neutral wood.  One taste and you will see why they should rename the vineyard and wine to Kick-Ass Ranch. The Riesling has stunning aromas and flavors of orange, lemon, lime, honey and grapefruit, all wrapped up in a package of love that finishes with a refreshing mineral note.

Rating: Excellent (93) | $30 | 13.0% ABV

Tatomer Kick-on Ranch Riesling


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Editor and co-founder of Enobytes.com, Pamela is a sommelier and former restaurant manager and wine buyer with Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), Court of Master Sommeliers & Center for Wine Origins certification. She has contributed to or been quoted by various publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Sommelier Journal, Vegetarian Times, VIV Magazine, UC-Berkeley Astrobiology News, The Washington Post, the Associated Press, NPR and USA Today. True to her roots, she seeks varietal and appellation integrity and is always passionate about finding the next great bottle of wine.

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