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Dierberg Vineyard

Lompoc, CA USA

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  • 2020 Dierberg Estate Pinot Noir "Premier Cru," Sta. Rita Hills
    Sta. Rita Hils
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    The inaugural release of the "Premier Cru" segment of our Drum Canyon Vineyard. Vinified from the segments that are in the mid-slope and flats of our famous Drum Canyon Vineyard, the Premier Cru fruit requires less ageing than the Grand Cru, particularly in the family’s large European foudre which help to maintain acidity while the wine develops body. Aging just a small portion in new French oak allowed for some spice complexity, but we find that the fruit from this Cru has plenty of spice without needing much help. Says winemaker Tyler Thomas, "We truly enjoy how this Cru displays the hallmark red toned fruit aromas combined with distinct earthiness and a bit of floral character that are unmistakably Drum Canyon. While the Grand Cru grey label wine usually requires ample bottle ageing for maximum enjoyment, the Premier Cru white label is very rewarding right now."
    Suggested Retail Price: $45
  • 2018 Dierberg Drum Canyon Vineyard "Grand Cru," Sta. Rita Hills
    Sta. Rita Hills
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    Jeb Dunnuck called the 2018 Dierberg Drum Canyon Grand Cru Pinot Noir, "Another head-turning effort from this team that will evolve for over a decade," and scored the wine 95 Points. Says winemaker Tyler Thomas, "2018 was a vintage that we hope for every year in our coastal vineyards. Below average winter rain set us up for another year of lower than normal vigor. Spring began cool and temperatures remained moderate throughout the summer. In many ways what makes this vintage remarkable was that its’ weather was unremarkable. “Regular” vintages in Sta. Rita Hills are so well suited for excellent Pinot Noir and Chardonnay that the cool temperatures, moderate wind patterns, and lack of heat spells meant concentrated fruit that retained freshness and was filled with a mouth-watering texture. Unlike 2017 when heat spells complicated harvest decisions and in some cases fruit quality with stricter selection process, the only knock on 2018 was its low quantity. It is reminiscent of 2015’s concentration but with 2016/2017 elegance."
    Suggested Retail Price: $69

Description

The Dierberg family traces our winemaking roots to early 1900s Missouri in America's first denominated wine appellation. Our Santa Barbara estate was planted in 1996 and is focused on a sustainable approach to land stewardship. Widely considered one of America's great Pinot Noir crus, the family's Drum Canyon Pinot Noir Vineyard lies within the coastal terroir of Sta. Rita Hills. The Pinot Noirs showcased today are all produced from that single family vineyard. Of French and Missouri heritage, winemaker Tyler Thomas apprenticed with Aubert de Villaine of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti fame and brings a minimalistic approach to winemaking which showcases Drum Canyon. Mr. Thomas has been leading the transformation at Dierberg Vineyard since 2013, guiding the wines to become widely recognized for their consistency and pedigree and garnering the attention of the press. Antonio Galloni of Vinous, for example, states that Dierberg Pinot Noirs show “stunning precision and impeccable balance."

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