Tyler Thomas Joins Dierberg & Starlane Vineyards
While summer tends to be the trend-in-time for nuptials, we are thrilled to announce this season’s perfect marriage as Tyler Thomas, a winemaker’s-winemaker from the Sonoma Coast joins forces with Dierberg/Star Lane Vineyards, as their newly appointed Director of Winemaking. Equipped with ten years of experience as a winemaker who crafts wines of place, there is no better vintner to exploit the incredible resources that the Dierberg family have assembled, including their single vineyard Pinot Noir program that compliments their contributions to the formation of the Happy Canyon AVA.
Practicing on the fringe of the New Wave of Winemakers from the Left Coast, Thomas comes to Dierberg from Donelan, where he made balanced wines, from cool vineyard sites. As one who eschews modern influences and techniques, Thomas began his career as an intern at Fiddlehead Cellar in the Central Coast, and so now is completing a most organic transition, as he returns full circle with a wealth of knowledge.
Six months ago, Thomas was featured as a guest writer on Hawk Wakawaka Wine Reviews where he wrote the following paragraph on his philosophy of winemaking, which provides a sneak peak into the potential that he brings to Dierberg/Star Lane, where they farm Old World Heritage clones.
I believe that the greatest wines (cuvees or single vineyards) are not made but discovered. While many say that great wine starts in the vineyard (and it does), my goal is also to discover and distill what truly makes an impact to the governing components of wine and only do those things (okay, that’s also because I’m a little lazy and don’t want to create extra work for myself!). For example, by segmenting vines as a result of natural variation within even the smallest of sites we can capture only the best of the best in a vineyard. This assists in learning more about small sections of vineyards, and about essential and nonessential parts of the production that influence how a wine tastes from that site.
“In recent years,” said Brian Pilliod, our Domestic Brand Manager, “Tyler has become a major force and a bit of a cult figure in extracting the potential of cool climate Sonoma. Dierberg has made its home in some of the most sought after vineyards in Santa Barbara County. Having Tyler at the helm of the winemaking will drive the quality of Dierberg/Star Lane Estate to the next level.”
To welcome Tyler, we raise a glass!