2010 Dierberg Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay
Here is an exceptionally well-made Chardonnay that belies the notion that you cannot have it all. It is deep, very well-ripened and rife with rich fruit and oak, but it is also extraordinarily well- balanced and promises to get even better with age. It capably bridges the gulf between the "old" paradigm of ripeness and abundant oak and the new one of fashion that favors firmness and higher acidity instead, and it convincingly captures the best that each has to offer.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The only white tasted, and a big, ripe and voluptuous effort, the 2010 Chardonnay is overflowing with notions of honeyed peaches, sauteed apples, brioche, vanilla custard and subtle mineral components on both the nose and palate. Fleshy, full-bodied and thrillingly textured, with a rich, almost creamy feel that somehow stays well-defined and pure, it is an undeniably sexy Chardonnay meant for drinking over the coming 3-4 years. Drink now-2017.
Delivers a lively beam of spicy citrus, green apple and tart pineapple. Clean and refreshing, this ends with a flinty, mouthwatering aftertaste. Drink now through 2018. 3,000 cases made. –JL
From the Winery: "The wine goes through primary fermentation and is aged in larger, 400 liter barrels that impart less oak influence than typical barrels. Less than 10 percent of the wine goes through secondary (malolactic) fermentation to retain the lively acidity which is a signature of our vineyard. After 11 months in barrel , the finished wine is racked from its lees, lightly fined and bottled unfiltered. "