Antonio Galloni 93 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
DIERBERG WINERY 2012 DIERBERG CHARDONNAY SANTA MARIA
"Dierberg's 2012 Chardonnay is gorgeous. Lemon oil, tropical fruit and butter are all tempered by the cool microclimate here. The flavors remain bright, focused and nuanced in a crystalline Chardonnay that stands out for its precision. A hint of sweetness from the oak adds complexity, but overall, the 2012 is a wine built on energy." Antonio Galloni Vinous Media 93 points Drink 2015-20
|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.