Tantara Winery

(805) 938-5050 4747 Ontiveros Lane
Santa Maria, CA 93454
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The growing season was moderate to cool with only a couple of hot spells in June. The biggest factor in 2007 was the very low rainfall. In the Santa Barbara County we received only about 3-4” of rain, about 1/3 of normal; and irrigation was not able to completely make up the deficit. Additionally, very cool weather in May at flowering contributed to a poor fruit set which further reduced anticipated yields from all the vineyards that we source fruit. Pinot Noir suffered the most. Consequently, our net Pinot Noir harvest was down 33% from 2007. Now the good news: despite the extremely low yields and a Labor Day weekend heat spike, harvest took place in beautiful moderate weather, finishing at the middle of November with the last of the Syrah going into barrel. The fruit of all varietals was almost uniformly uneven in berry size on the clusters. Known as “hens and chicks”in English and “millerandage” in French, the very smallest berries are immature - that is, they have no seeds - and produce Read more »

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  • Pinot Blanc

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  • Tempranillo

    History of the grape: Origins of Tempranillo are murky. It could be indigenous to the Spanish countryside, or it coul...

  • Sangiovese

    Prounounced “San-joh-vay-say,” this Italian wine varietal is Tuscany’s #1 red wine grape. It’s the pistol of Central ...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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