Dierberg Pinot Noir 2014
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Thirteen miles from the Pacific Ocean in one of the cooler winegrowing corners of Santa Barbara County, Dierberg Vineyard is on the western edge of the Santa Maria Valley appellation and is comprised of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Perched on a mesa above the south bank of the Santa Maria River, the property consists of sandy loam soils, heavily infiltrated by the marine sediments of yesteryear and kissed by the fog from the Pacific. Founded in 1997, the family planted twelve "heritage clones" of Pinot Noir (tracing back to Burgundy). This diversity of material is rare in California, and allows the selection and discovery of the ideal clones to build the backbone of DIERBERG Pinot Noir.
Made by Tyler Thomas, the 2014 Pinot Noir Estate is a beauty. Coming from the estate vineyard outside of Santa Maria, it gives up impressive notes of scorched earth, pepper, herbs and spice, with a core of currant and dark fruits. This medium-bodied, nicely textured effort has fine tannin, good mid-palate depth, and a supple, medium length finish. It's a downright pretty, elegant Pinot Noir to drink over the coming 5-7 years.
Score: 92, Jeb Dunnuck, August 2016
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