2009 Dierberg Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay
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.
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.
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.