Dierberg Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley Dierberg Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley

2013 Dierberg Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley

93 points, David White’s Terroirist

“California, Central Coast, Santa Maria Valley. Bright ruby. Gorgeous aromatic display: freshest red currants, raspberries, juicy cherries, the fruit is complex and vibrant, backed up by a lovely blend of tobacco, chestnut, pickling spice and violets. Fine tannins, but plenty of structure, the acid isn’t too high but enough to balance the wine out. The fruit is pure delicious (red cherries, currants, wild raspberries), toss in some bay leaf, spicy chewing tobacco, cigar box and chestnut. Some sweet cola and cedar, but maintains elegance throughout. A pretty Pinot now, but it could open up and evolve over the next three to four years.” (IJB)

2012 Dierberg Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley

93 points, The Wine Advocate

“The 2012 Pinot Noir Dierberg Vineyard shows the darker side of Pinot with its earthy, forest floor, red and black fruit and spice aromas and flavors. Coming all from sandy loam soil and aged 18 months in 35% new oak, it’s beautifully balanced, has solid mid-palate density and a terrific finish. Enjoy it over the coming 4-6 years.” (Jeb Dunnuck, August 2014)

90 points, Vinous

“The 2012 Pinot Noir Dierberg Vineyard is a bit more subtle and elegant than the Drum Canyon. Crushed flowers, sweet red berries and mint are all laced together in an effortless, impeccably balanced Pinot Noir. The Dierberg is racy, but also possesses plenty of nuance.” (Antonio Galloni, July 2014)

2010 Dierberg Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley

92 points, The Wine Advocate

“Also absolutely gorgeous, the 2010 Pinot Noir is an off-the-hook effort that  boasts stunning purity of fruit, a rich, full mid-palate and seamless overall integration and balance. Ripe and layered, with spice, barnyard, leather and crushed flowers, it hits the palate with a medium to full-bodied texture that carries ripe tannin, clean acidity and superb length. While there’s good complexity here, it’s all about pure Pinot Noir fruit. It should evolve gracefully on its balance and overall harmony. Drink now-2020” (Jeb Dunnuck)

90 points, David White’s Terroirist

“California, Central Coast, Santa Maria Valley. Bold aromas of black cherries and plums, along with a bunch of rose and violet aromas, a hint of loamy soil. On the palate, some fine tannins, medium acid and rich fruit (black cherries, currants and a bit of strawberry mixed in). Earthy, with tobacco and a good amount of cedar and mocha. Generous, but showing some restraint as well. Long finish with notes of vanilla and pepper.” (IJB)

2009 Dierberg Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley

93 Points, Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate

“The 2009 Pinot Noir Dierberg Vineyard possesses remarkable depth and richness, not to mention terrific balance. Supple and generous, the 2009 offers up black cherries, mint, flowers and spices, all in a juicy, forward style. Floral notes add lift on the gracious finish. The 2009 spent 18 months in French oak barrels, 30% new. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2017. This set of new releases from Dierberg was one of the most pleasant surprises in my Central Coast tastings.”

91 points, Richard Jennings

“Black tinged dark red violet color; appealing, very aromatic, violets, tart black cherry, black raspberry, tart berry nose; rich, dense, black raspberry, tart black cherry, tart blackberry palate with firm, sweet tannins; needs 2-3 years; medium-plus finish 91+ points (14.5% alcohol; nearly a dozen clones of Pinot including 2A, 828, Swan, Calera and assorted Dijons.”

90 Points, Pinot Report

“Medium-deep ruby color; earthy, dusty cherry aromas; deep, complex earthy cherry flavors with forest floor and toasty notes; good structure and balance; long finish. Deep, earthy Pinot that needs time to open in the glass.”

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