Wine Advocate 92 points - Shows a green, celery edge to the clean, pure pippin apple notes, ending a touch pithy, with a lemon peel accent on the finish. Drink now. 3,600 cases made. -JL
The 2012 Chardonnay Dierberg Vineyard is no shrinking violet and gives up ripe, layered notes of lemon curd, ripe peach, brioche and vanilla bean to go with a medium-bodied, rounded, supple profile on the palate. 100% barrel-fermented and aged 12 months in 400-liter (15% new) barrels and then 6 months in stainless steel, itís a gorgeous wine that also represents superb value.
|Wine maker notes
|Grown in one of the cooler corners of California, this wine is made from marquis cuttings of historic California developed clones and planted atop a sandy loam mesa overlooking the south bank of the Santa Maria River. DIERBERG Chardonnay offers a rich mouth feel with precise acidity and minerality. Hallmark aroma associations have been pear and fennel, but its subtle complexity contains a myriad of characters that emerge with time. All Chardonnay is fermented in 400-liter demi-muid barrels, balancing the impact of oak with the natural expression of this classic California vineyard.
|In 1996, with forty years of winemaking experience, Jim and Mary Dierberg’s dream of producing wines worthy of their 250 year plan became a reality. After a long search through France and Napa, while learning the craft and making wine in the mid-west, they discovered the potential of Santa Barbara’s cool coastal valleys. The family planted two estates -first their namesake Dierberg Vineyard and later Drum Canyon Vineyard - both under their DIERBERG label. These estates, along with the family’s iconic warm climate site Star Lane Vineyard, culminated in a trio of peerless properties in Santa Barbara County.