Timbre is the new name of an outstanding 10-year old winery called La Fenetre. The winery is based in Santa Maria Valley, Santa Barbara County and was founded in 2005 by winemaker, Joshua Klapper and friend Alex Katz. Three years ago when the International Wine Review prepared its Report #36 The Wines of Santa Barbara, we met with Josh Kapper and tasted his wines. We were, to say the least, impressed with Josh’s winemaking and wrote in our report that his wines were “very well made and show the great promise of this young winemaker.”
The Timbre wines reviewed here are Josh’s new releases and they exceed even our assessments of just a few years ago. Sourced from top vineyards of the Santa Maria Valley and the Central Coast, they exhibit beautiful fruit flavors, overall elegance and perfect balance. They also show a sense of place, great restraint in the use of oak, and minimalist winemaking. For Josh Klapper winemaking is a form of artistic expression, and we fully endorse that approach to winemaking.
Timbre 2013 Chardonnay Lead Vocals Bien Nacido Vineyard Santa Maria Valley ($36) 92 The lovely Chardonnay Lead Vocals displays a perfumed, floral nose and elegant and refined flavors of melon and orchard fruit. Fresh and flavorful. it is soft on the palate with good texture and acidity, perfect balance, and a persistent finish. Barrel aged 18 months and beautifully integrated. Sourced from the magnificent Bien Nacido Vineyard.
Timbre 2013 Pinot Noir Guest Star Aubaine Vineyard San Luis Obispo ($50) 93 Sourced from the Aubaine vineyard situated 5 miles from the Pacific at 800 ft elevation in San Luis Obispo County, the Pinot Noir Guest Star offers an elegant, perfumed palate with good density of lovely red cherry fruit flavors. It has excellent balance and acidity and a long delicate finish. Refined in every way.
Timbre 2013 Pinot Noir Lead Vocals Bien Nacido Vineyard Santa Maria Valley ($45) 93 The Lead Vocals Pinot Noir was sourced from Bien Nacido Vineyard old vines. It has a nose of spicy, red berry fruit with a hint of earthiness, revealing darker fruit flavors than Guest Star. Aged 18 months in 30% new oak, it is nicely balanced with good acidity and a long finish.
Timbre 2013 Pinot Noir The Headliner Presqu’ile Vineyard Santa Maria ($45) 92 Dark spicy fruit with excellent purity and touch of light oak characterize this Pinot Noir from the magnificent Presqu’ile Vineyard. Aged 18 months in 25% New French oak.
Timbre 2013 Pinot Noir The Rhythm Santa Maria Riverbench Vineyard ($40) 92 Sourced from the 40+ year old Riverbench Vineyard in Santa Maria, the Rhythm Pinot Noir displays an herbal and earthy nose with red cherry fruit and a hint of violets. It reveals excellent acidity and balance with good weight and excellent extract on a long finish.
Timbre 2013 Viognier The Encore Riverbench Vineyard ($28 .375 L) 92 The Encore Viognier is ripe and full in the mouth with notes of peach jam and orange marmalade. It has good viscosity and acidity with limited sweetness and wonderful purity. Barrel aged 16 months.