Sourced from a block of 50-year old vines in the iconic Katherine's Vineyard that set the stage for Winemaker Greg Brewer to create this Chardonnay in the most unaltered, skeletal and vulnerable manner possible. Crafted at low temperatures using only small stainless-steel tanks, diatom's restrained winemaking style reflects the cool weather, oceanic soils and plentiful sunshine of the Santa Maria Valley. Citrus blossom, green apple and lime zest burst through the glass with sea spray and crushed oyster minerality with a finish that lasts for minutes.
Aptly named diatom after Santa Barbara’s diatomaceous soils, which are comprised of minute, oceanic fossils. The wines are strictly made from Chardonnay and resemble the soils, with a precise, clean approach to winemaking. Cold stainless fermentation, no malolactic and the use of old vine material set the wines apart. Winemaker Greg Brewer strives for a 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.