2013 Dierberg "Dierberg Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay
The 2013 Chardonnay Dierberg Vineyard is super-polished and finessed from start to finish. Scents of almond, lemon peel and flowers open up in this striking, effortless Chardonnay. Orange peel and slightly more tropical notes develop with air in a Chardonnay that offers superb textural depth and tons of personality, all in a laid-back, understated style that is such a signature of Santa Maria. I have high hopes for Dierberg and its sister property, Star Lane. Winemaker Tyler Thomas, who was previously at Donelan, arrived in 2013, while Charles (AJ) Fairbanks, formerly of Hyde de Villaine and a Santa Barbara native, became President of both wineries late last year. Thomas's first wines at Dierberg show tremendous promise. In particular, readers will not want to miss the 2013 Chardonnay and Syrah off the Dierberg property, both of which are superb. (AG)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2013 Chardonnay Dierberg Vineyard is a smoking white from the Santa Maria Valley that was brought up in 15% new 400-liter French oak barrels. Full, bodied, rich and beautifully textured, with lots of buttered apple, melon, spice and creamy notes, it stays crisp and clean on the finish. Drink this full-flavored, beautifully made Chardonnay over the coming 4-5 years. Jim and Mary Dierberg created Dierberg estate in 1996 and they focus on three estate vineyards: Dierberg and Drum Canyon (both of which are cool-climate sites) and Star Lane Vineyard. Today, Tyler Thomas makes the wines. (JD)
Bright and airy on the nose, with aromas of lemon pith, ripe apple and delicate white peach, this wine is one of the first made in its entirety by Dierberg's new winemaker, Tyler Thomas. The palate offers flavors of fresh lime sprayed on cold apple slices and sprinkled with sea salt, proving tightly wound with the right amount of grip and energy. (MK)
Sleek and refined, with a delicate mix of white peach, nectarine, honeydew and light spicy oak, delivering an elegant, graceful wine of style and finesse. (JL, Web-2016)
Estate grown. Blend of Hyde and Hudson clones. Fermented in 400-litre barrels, Tried ambient yeast but it stuck. Only about 20% went through malo. Tank aged post oak ageing. Very clean juice and lively. Lime and succulence.