2009 Dierberg Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay

SKU #1111537 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Among the two Chardonnays, I have a preference for the straight 2009 Chardonnay, which is absolutely gorgeous. Rich layers of fruit caress the palate from start to finish. Aging in 400-liter oak barrels seems to integrate better with this fruit than steel, resulting in a more harmonious wine. The expansive, generous finish is framed by an unobtrusive hint of oak. This is a fabulous showing from Dierberg. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2017. This set of new releases from Dierberg was one of the most pleasant surprises in my Central Coast tastings.  (8/2012)

89 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Inky ruby. Smoky red and dark berry aromas are complicated by sexy vanillin oak, baking spices and fresh licorice. Silky dark berry flavors show good depth and become smokier with air. Finishes with a touch of heat and good spicy persistence; very soft tannins add gentle grip.  (11/2012)

Wine Enthusiast

 Ripe and oaky, this offers the sweet fruit and buttered toast flavors Chardonnay lovers crave. It tastes like a candy bar, with pineapple, mango, roasted almond and honeyed granola flavors, all brightened with crisp acidity.  (10/2012)

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Staff Image By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/26/2012 | Send Email
Dierberg has been a winery that has been on our radar screen for a long time. We’ve dabbled in carrying their Chardonnay and Pinot Noir over the years, always being excited about the quality of the wines and their relative value. Sometimes this excitement just doesn’t come through to our customers and a wine will get lost in the shuffle, we certainly have more than enough different wines, so we can understand when that happens. This time around we are thrilled to put this Chardonnay out front and center like the prize that it is and we hope you take notice. Super fleshy and full of varietal aromatics like apple skin and peach flesh this is pure, rich Chardonnay from the onset. That richness subsides upfront and the wine enters vibrantly with flavors of tangerine, apricot and nectarine with streaks of earth and salinity. All the while building weight and texture from the subtle oak lacing, in my mind this is a complete Chardonnay in every way.

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Santa Maria/Santa Barbara

- Santa Maria and Santa Ynez make up the two AVAs of Santa Barbara County, an area known for its natural beauty and temperate climate. The best grape-growing areas, however, are located on the very coastal reaches of these two appellations, and are cooled by ever-present fog and ocean breezes (it is even cooler and foggier here than Carneros!). As expected, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir thrive while the more inland zones lay claim to Bordeaux varietals and some Rhône blends.