Dierberg Pinot Noir 2012
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|Appellation||Santa Maria Valley|
Wine AdvocateThe 2012 Pinot Noir Dierberg Vineyard shows the darker side of Pinot with its earthy, forest floor, red and black fruit and spice aromas and flavors. Coming all from sandy loam sois and aged 18 months in 35% new oak, it's beautifully balanced, has solid mid-palate density and a terrific finish. Enjoy it over the coming 4-6 years.
Wine SpectatorTightly wound and sharply focused on taut dried berry, spice and light mocha notes, this turns juicier from midpalate on, ending with a dense core of dark berry, and a long, persistent finish. Drink now through 2023. 2,800 cases made.
Wine EnthusiastA delicious aromatic range of smoked meats, spicy strawberries and cinnamon-laced churros introduce this wine from one of the appellation's most promising vineyards. Red fruits and brown spice power the palate, with noticeable tannins and a good wash of acid on the finish.