Dierberg Syrah Dierberg Syrah

2010 Dierberg Syrah Santa Ynez Valley

93 points, Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, March 2014

“Dierberg follows up its outstanding 2009 offering with another splendid Syrah that hits one high point after the other. It is rife with deep and exceptionally well-defined fruit, and its insistent themes of blackberries, spice and cured meats do not ease up even as a fair bit of grippy young tannin takes hold. It is ripe but eschews jamminess and shows very good structure and balance for the solid, rather gutsy wine that it is. While sure to impress in the short term, it is not meant for hasty drinking, and it can be held for eight to ten years before reaching what is certain to be its considerable best.”

92 points, The Wine Advocate

“Inky colored and thrillingly concentrated, yet staying light and graceful on the palate, the 2010 Syrah boasts fantastic aromas and flavors of spice-drenched black raspberries, licorice, roasted meats, chocolate and ground herbs to go with a rich, concentrated and structured palate feel. Still tasting like a barrel sample, this serious Syrah needs 2-3 years of bottle age and will knock your socks off through 2020! Drink 2015-2020+” (Jeb Dunnuck)

90 points, International Wine Cellar

“Inky purple. Aromas of black and blue fruits, olive, wood smoke and peppery spices. Chewy, broad and deeply pitched, offering smoky cassis and mulberry flavors and a touch of bitter chocolate. Dusty tannins give shape and grip to the peppery finish.” (Josh Raynolds)

2009 Dierberg Syrah Santa Ynez Valley 

95 points, Richard Jennings, rjonwine.com

“Opaque black tinged purple red violet color; very appealing, roasted plum, black fruit, black pepper, espresso nose; rich, delicious, roasted black fruit, pepper, violets palate with good acidity; needs 2-3 years; long finish.”

93 Points, Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine November 2012.

“Concentrated and fully expressed dark-berry fruit is in ample evidence here with elements of sweet oak, dried herbs and bare hints of root-beer-like spice adding richness and range to the mix. If already wonderfully supple and deceptively accessible on the palate, this keenly focused Syrah is both polished and quite carefully balanced with a fine line of structural tannins, and it is years away from reaching its best.”

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