2013 Dierberg "Dierberg Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay

SKU #1256899 93 points Vinous

 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)  (8/2015)

92 points 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)  (8/2015)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 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)  (11/2015)

91 points Wine Spectator

 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. Drink now. 3,000 cases made. (Web Only-2016) (JL)

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By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/11/2016 | Send Email
This starts out toasty with aromas of Honeycrisp apple and fresh cut melon. The juicy middle has peach, apricot and white fig flavors that are rich but stay clean and focused right down to the bracing, mineral infused finish. Nicely done!

By: Mahon McGrath | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/10/2016 | Send Email
It would be hard to miss this Chardonnay: it is an uninhibitedly exuberant example of same. The nose has bright notes running to ripe pear, pineapple, nutmeg, lemon curd, and sweet butter. A viscous mouthfeel is counterbalanced by an equally prominent dose of acidity, with spicy fruit flavors predominating, before a nice evocation of buttered toast brings up the rear.

By: Ivan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/10/2016 | Send Email
This super-reliable producer of Santa Maria delivers another winner with this single-vineyard Chardonnay. It strikes a hard-won balance between the juicy pineapple, apricot, and lemon flavors, and the creamy, vanillin accents developed from careful malolactic conversion and gentle oak aging. This Chardonnay has enough acidity to enjoy on its own or with a flaky, buttery fish this summer.

By: Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/8/2016 | Send Email
Well priced, responsibly (20% new) oaked Chardonnay... I like what I'm hearing. Dierberg's 2013 Chardonnay possesses a vividly expressive nose of lemon chiffon cake, mandarin orange rind and clove. Subtle aromas of key lime, torched orange peel, green mango, cinnamon and custard really emanate with a few swirls of the glass. On the palate, green pear, fresh lemonade, vanilla bean and baking spices bring the party together. Rock solid Chardonnay.

By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/8/2016 | Send Email
Dierberg has long been on our radar as a tremendous vineyard site where other producers made great wines from. After the success of their 2012 Estate Chardonnay I think they have finally transcended from an up and coming grower to a full fledged winery to watch out for. The 2013 is even better and more fully integrated and formed than the 2012 vintage was at this point. Persimmon, pie crust and apricot fill the nose that has substantial heft with out excessive oak. Those rich, almost oily, tones that fill the nose are instantly counterbalanced by the Bosc pear flesh, lemon curd and orange marmalade that are found on the entry. Gaining polenta-like richness and a pretty honeysuckle lace as it rolls over the palate this is a pretty and balanced Chard rather than one that hits you over your head with its intensity. I found this way too easy to drink and full of friendly accessible character.

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- 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.
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United States

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California

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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 (%): 15