2015 Dierberg Pinot Noir Drum Canyon Vineyard

Year: 2015
Appellation: Santa Rita Hills
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 92
Wine Advocate: 92
Wine Enthusiast: 92
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.9%
Price :

"Fleshy and focused, with good concentration to the dried cherry, plum and chocolate nib flavors. Offers lots of savory spice accents as well, with a long, juicy and rich-tasting finish. Drink now through 2023. 772 cases made. -KM" (WS)

"The 2015 Pinot Noir Drum Canyon Vineyard is lovely, wafting from the glass with aromas of plums, black raspberry, spice and burnt sugar, with some floral notes on the upper register, subtly framed by creamy new oak. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, expansive and satiny, with wonderful texture, juicy fruit and a tangy finish.

Since 2013, Tyler Thomas, formerly winemaker for Donelan in Sonoma County, has been steering the Dierberg wine program, and these recent releases were excellent, full of energy and flavor." (WA)

"Black raspberry and underripe boysenberry meet with dark gravel on the very focused and dark nose of this single-vineyard estate expression. The wine is tightly woven on the palate, with dark strawberry and plum flavors lifted by a strong floral kick. All the aspects will converge even better with patience. Drink 2020–2035." (WE)

Winery Notes:
Drum Canyon at its best? Very possibly but not in an obvious manner. It appears inky, and structured which may hide its delicacy and balance - but those latter qualities still drive this wine as they always do. As with Dierberg Vineyard, 2015 Drum Canyon isn't fully revealing itself yet though is very enjoyable in its serene strength. 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 its current elaborate mystery of flavors. While not as fruit forward as 2014, it is not because the fruit it is not there. It is interwoven with more things to make its complexity more difficult to deconstruct. It is one of those wines you keep sniffing, and forget to drink, as you lose yourself thinking about the aroma. The lover of both structured, masculine Pinot Noir and balanced, incredibly intense but fresh Pinot Noirs should find solace in this wine.