2014 Dierberg Pinot Noir Estate Dierberg Vineyard

Year: 2014
Appellation: Santa Maria Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 89
Vinous Media: 94
Jeb Dunnuck: 92--Wine Enthusiast: 94
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
Price :
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"Ripe and well-spiced, with some forest floor notes to the dark plum and cherry tart flavors. Tar and slate details fill the dense finish. Drink now through 2021. 1,998 cases made. -KM " (WS)

"The 2015 Pinot Noir Dierberg Vineyard is a real standout. Plush, dark and expressive, the Dierberg is an explosive wine that shows this Santa Maria site off at its best. Floral and spiced notes wrap around a core of intense inky blue/purplish fruit. Time in the glass brings out a more delicate side. There is just so much to admire in the 2015." (VM)

"The 2015 Pinot Noir Dierberg Vineyard comes from the estate vineyard in the Santa Maria Valley and was aged 14 months in 25% new French oak. Medium ruby-colored, with notes of cherries, mulberries, forest floor, and spice, it's silky, lightly textured, and elegant on the palate, with the charming nature of the vintage balanced nicely by plenty of tannins and acidity." (JD)

"Baked black-cherry and plum aromas meet with star anise, hot gingerbread and wet slate on the fairly opulent, very delicious nose of this bottling. It's more tightly wound on the palate, where cherry and black raspberry are lifted by baking spice. It's the pitch perfect acidity and tannic edge that are most impressive." (WE)

Winery Notes:
VINTAGE:
2015 brought some dramatic yield differences from recent vintages. After plentiful yields in 2012-2014, the vines seemed content with producing fewer clusters. Then in May, we experienced one of the coldest weather patterns in over a decade during flowering, reducing the amount of berries that set. Therefore yields were very low. The season progressed fairly normally if being early like the previous drought-driven vintages. While the vintage will be known for several heat spells from mid-September into October, the Chardonnay was harvested prior to those spells and had a lovely, cool ripening period to finish. Therefore the vintage was concentrated, fresh, and limited.

WINEMAKER NOTES:
The 2015 theme for our cool coastal vineyards was low yield, intense structure, and a veiled nature that wants time to reveal itself. As initial blocks of Pinot Noir were harvested it was quickly apparent that the vintage’s intensity required less stem inclusion and maceration time needed to be shortened. We enjoy good tannin structure and tension in our Pinot Noir, but all Pinot should have an elegant balance if tense in its general profile. With depth and tannin coming quickly, we reduced time on skins to accommodate this intensity. One might think more new oak would work, but we felt the depth of the wines provided such complexity that we didn’t want to confound it with anything but our typical program.

TASTING NOTES:
We marvel at this wine. The mouth feel suggests great complexity, tension, length, and has that initial breadth we've grown accustomed to from Dierberg Vineyard. These are great qualities of great wines, but we confess that the strength of this vintage is still veiled aromatically. We entrust ourselves to the freshness of this mouth feel and the history of the vineyard to know that the aromatics will continue to unveil a great elaborate mystery of flavors based on Santa Maria's earthy nature and dark cherry qualities. Indeed even as the bottles have aged we see aromatic complexity emerge. It makes us smile. The lover of both structured, masculine Pinot Noir and balanced, incredibly intense but fresh Pinot Noirs should find solace in this wine