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2016 Dierberg "Dierberg Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay (Elsewhere $32)

SKU #1447497 94 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark The fascinating nose of this bottling is driven by wet stone, yet it also touches on orange rinds, fresh chives, lemongrass balm and a nearly basil-like aromatic without the green spice. It's lively on the palate with flint and crushed stone, showing very fresh and acid-driven flavors of lemon and ash, riding a firm tension through the sip. (MK) Inner quote mark (7/2019)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2016 Chardonnay Dierberg Vineyard, aged 15 months in 20% new oak, has a nose of honey toast, baked golden apple, wet hay, earth, white peach and almonds plus a tinge of crème fraîche. The palate is medium-bodied with a silky texture, very lively acidity and a long, nutty finish. (EB) Inner quote mark (9/2019)

91 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The 2016 Chardonnay Dierberg Vineyard (10 months in 30% new French oak) reveals a lighter gold color as well as a terrific bouquet of white currants and orchard fruits, brioche, spice, and hints of toasted bread. With medium body, a rounded, nicely textured style, good balance, and a great finish, drink it over the coming 4-6 years. Inner quote mark (10/2019)

91 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2016 Chardonnay Dierberg Vineyard is rich, ample and super-expressive. Lemon confit, pineapple, lime and tropical notes infuse this lush Chardonnay with plenty of character. Supple, open-knit and inviting, the 2016 is best enjoyed over the next handful of years. (AG) Inner quote mark (9/2019)

91 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Focused and fresh-tasting, with lemon-lime notes to the fresh-cut apple, tangerine and ripe citrus flavors. Dried green herb and spice details show on the finish. (KM) Inner quote mark (7/2019)

K&L Notes

Winemaker's Notes: "This is Dierberg Vineyard classic. For those familiar with the vineyard’s Chardonnay, there will be plenty to like in this wine. Its purity of fruit is deep but quiet, leaning on stone fruit and citrus expressions with only a hint of tropical notes in the background. The palate has a wonderful broad feel that connotes California, but never strays away from its backbone of refreshing acidity. Fermented in 400L French oak puncheons, 20% new, 50% malo."

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