Dierberg Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills Dierberg Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills

2013 Dierberg Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills

92 points, David White’s Terroirist

California, Central Coast, Sta. Rita Hills. Medium ruby. A bit tight on the nose, takes time to open up the tart red and black currants, more loamy, potting soil notes, deep sense of roses and violets, a hint of pepper. Dusty tannins, balanced acid, the fruit is velvety and rich yet maintains a tart edge, darker currants, black cherries, raspberries. A loamy, earthy aspect with hints of rhubarb and pepper. Rich and chewy finish with notes of roasted chestnut and cedar shavings. Could use some time to calm down (the Sta. Rita Hills wine is a bit more concentrated than the Dierberg Vineyard) but this is a very well-made Pinot with serious deliciousness, really opens up after a few hours.” (IJB)

2012 Dierberg Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills

93 points, The Wine Advocate

“Just as good, if not better, the 2012 Pinot Noir Drum Canyon Vineyard comes from the cool-climate Sta. Rita Hills AVA. From sandy loam soils (which is common for the region), completely destemmed and aged 18 months in all older barrels, it has a floral, underbrush-driven bouquet, with a core of sweet black raspberry and cherry blossom-styled fruit. As with all of the wines from this estate, it’s beautifully balanced, has solid underlying structure and a seamless texture that makes it hard to resist. It too can be enjoyed anytime over the coming 4-6 years.” (Jeb Dunnuck, August 2014)

91 points, Wine Enthusiast

“A very savory nose calls to mind mushrooms sautéed in Italian herbs, with touches of eucalyptus and licorice on the fringes. The mouthfeel is light in density, alive with acidity and tannins, tending more towards marinated black olives and charcuterie than ripe red fruits.” (Matt Kettman, February 2015)

2011 Dierberg Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills

91 points, David White’s Terroirist

California, Central Coast, Sta. Rita Hills. Aromas of fresh black cherries, wild strawberries, sweet vanilla, some spicy pepper. Medium tannins with rounded edges, the mouthfeel is creamy, and the acid that keeps it fresh. Cranberries and tart red cherries mix with notes of rhubarb, root beer and white pepper. Some notes of caramel, vanilla and mocha, but not too much, and the wine maintains some restraint and elegance. Easy to drink now, but it should get more expressive over the next year. Love the tart finish. (IJB)

90 points, International Wine Cellar

“Made from fruit grown in the winery’s Drum Canyon vineyard: Bright ruby-red. Spice-accented red fruits on the nose and palate. Lithe and sharply focused, with good depth as well as energy. Closes on a sexy floral pastille note, with supple tannins and a late note of musky beetroot. No new oak here.” (Josh Raynolds)

2010 Dierberg Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills

92+ points, The Wine Advocate

“Less voluptuous and more edgy, with crisp black cherry, crushed stone, ground herbs, new leather and pepper, the 2010 Pinot Noir Drum Canyon comes together beautifully on the palate with a chiseled, pure and classically structured mouthfeel. Showing a salty minerality on the finish, this knockout effort needs another year of bottle age and will evolve gracefully through 2020. Drink 2014-2010.” (Jeb Dunnuck)

92 points, Richard Jennings

“Black tinged dark ruby color; light peppercorn, roasted black fruit, tart black fruit, light green herb, dark roast coffee nose; brooding, tight, dense, tart blackberry, sweet green herb palate with firm sweet tannins and good acidity; needs 3 years; medium-plus finish 92+ points.”

2009 Dierberg Pinot Noir, Drum Canyon Vineyard

92 Points, Wine Spectator,”11 Outstanding California Pinot Noirs” January 28,2013

“This Pinot is well-done in a broad, robust style. Rich flavors of boysenberry, blackberry, anise and cedar turn pleasantly meaty, finishing with firm, extracted tannins and dash of red candy. Drink now through 2021. 1,100 cases made.”

92 Points, Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate: August 2012.

“A deep, baritone expression of fruit comes through in Dierberg’s 2009 Pinot Noir Drum Canyon Vineyard. Black cherries, tar and French oak are some of the many notes that emerge from this full-bodied, masculine wine. The 2009 remains virile and even a touch imposing through to the finish. It could use another year in bottle to soften. The 2009 spent 16 months in neutral French oak barrels. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2016. This set of new releases from Dierberg was one of the most pleasant surprises in my Central Coast tastings.”

91 Points, Wine Enthusiast February 2013

“Give this Pinot Noir a few hours in the decanter before drinking it. Right out of the bottle, it’s tight and brittle, but air brings out the core notes of cherry, vanilla, red currant and cedar, and makes it develop a drink-me-now appeal. —S.H.”


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