LA WineFest’s Joel M. Fisher PhD tastes with Star Lane and Dierberg’s Tyler Thomas



Tasted at the winery, Happy Canyon.  About 3-4 years ago I drove to Santa Ynez to meet Tyler Thomas, winemaker for the Dierberg’s California wines — Star Lane and Dierberg.  Tyler is a talented winemaker and I thought it time to taste his recent vintages.  This time, Daily Ovation Publisher Joe Wehinger drove us through fog on the 101 freeway and across the 154 past Lake Cachuma to arrive.  Tyler greeted us with several glasses of wine on the table, and bottles stacked on a nearby chest. 

We began with a 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, a straw yellow color peppy and fresh, medium body, citrus and peaches, fruit and a good finish.

The 2014 was nice, another yellowish color, medium body again, uncomplicated, 13.3% alcohol, a slow finish with fruit beginning to emerge.  

The 2015 Chardonnay was also uncomplicated.  15.3% alcohol and fruity on the nose.

Then we moved on to Tyler’s Reds.

First was a 2014 Pinot Noir from Orcutt.  Showed a great deal of color, garnet, full bodied, spice on the palette, and uncomplicated.  The bottle had a lingering finish.

The 2014 Pinot Noir from Drum Canyon had good color, was smooth, fruit on the palette 13.2% alcohol, a longer finish, and spice on the mouth.  The 2015 Drum Canyon shared a nice color, was very smooth, with moderate fruit on the nose.  Not complicated and n expanding finish.

The 2015 Star Lane Syrah had good mouth feel, cherry fruits, and a long finish.  2014 Syrah was garnet in color, strong body, long and expanding finish, and lots of fruit.