Dierberg Vineyard Santa Ynez Valley
The Dierbergs own three vineyards in the Santa Ynez area. Their first, purchased in 1996 is called Star Lane Vineyard, in one of the warmest spots in the area and considered suitable for growing Cabernet Sauvignon and other Bordeaux varietals and two in the cooler areas of Santa Maria and the Sta. Rita Hills, near the Pacific Ocean which are used to grow Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes, both aptly named Dierberg Vineyards. Premium varietal wines are made by winemaker Nick de Luca individually from the three vineyards under the Dierberg and Star Lane labels, whilst less expensive bottles are blended from all three vineyards and sold under the Three Saints label. The Dierberg Vineyard Chardonnay is whole-cluster pressed for minimum skin contact then afterwards goes through malolactic fermentation on its own. After 16 months in barrel, the finished wine is bottled unfiltered. Youthful oak tends to mask the underlying fruit, but this is something that should integrate in time. The Pinot Noir shows class and finesse with good varietal flavours. The Star Lane Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc has good fruit, but the part maturation in oak seems to have inhibited the vibrancy of the wine a little. Star Lane Cabernet Sauvignon has good soft tannins with elegance and finesse and here the 18 months spent in 100% French oak does not seem to overpower the fruit. A premium Cabernet Sauvignon “Astra” is also produced from selected plots in the vineyard but this not yet been tasted. The Three Saints Chardonnay showed good lemony notes, finely balanced between fruit and acidity and not over oaked. Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir are also produced under the Three Saints Label as well as a Merlot from Star Lane and a Syrah from the Dierberg vineyards. (NB)
❁ Dierberg Vineyard Santa Ynez Valley www.dierbergvineyard.com
Jim & Mary Dierberg PO Box 217, Santa Ynez, CA 93460
Tel: 805 693-0744 Fax: 805 736-0375
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