2010 Dierberg Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay

SKU #1132188 94 points Connoisseurs Guide

 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.  (5/2013)

93 points 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.  (8/2013)

89 points Wine Spectator

 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  (6/2013)

K&L Notes

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. "

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Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/23/2013 | Send Email
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Yes, it is still cool to like California Chardonnay no matter what the wine geeks try to tell you. The 2010 Dierberg Chardonnay Santa Maria Valley has just arrived and it is a worthy follow-up to the sensational 2009. Fans of rich, buttery, tropical fruit laden Chardonnays will flip for this wine, it has notes of baked apples, pineapple, lemon-crème and rich oak accents. Powerful yet well-balanced with good acidity, fine tannins and layers of complex, unfolding fruit flavors this wine is a flat-out delicious California Chardonnay that will please lovers of big, bold California Chardonnays that are neither clumsy or overdone.
Drink from 2013 to 2015

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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5