2015 Dierberg "Dierberg Vineyard" Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay

SKU #1380507 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The excellent 2015 Chardonnay Dierberg Vineyard offers up an expressive nose of ripe orchard fruit, smoke, preserved citrus and light reduction. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, ample and flavorful, with a lovely line of bright acidity and a crisp, precise finish. I hope more producers will emulate Tyler Thomas' choice to ferment and mature this wine in 400-liter barrels (as opposed to the more normal 225-liter Burgundian pièces), an emerging trend in France as well as California. Great value, too. (WK)  (4/2018)

92 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The 2015 Chardonnay Dierberg Vineyard over-delivers. Possessing a light gold color as well as a high-class bouquet of sautéed orchard fruits, creamed corn, citrus, and hints of white flowers. More ethereal and elegant than powerful, with vibrant acidity, this beauty is balanced, silky and seamless on the palate. Count me in as a fan, and if you like the more elegant, racy style of Chardonnay, this is for you.  (10/2018)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 There is a lot of pent-up energy on the nose of this fresh and zesty bottling, which shows aromas of key lime, tangerine, wet stone and a hint of nectarine. The palate is overloaded with citrusy flavors, from Meyer lemon peel to grapefruit pith, but there is also baked-apple warmth at its core. (MK)  (10/2018)

91 points Vinous

 The 2015 Chardonnay Dierberg Vineyard is soft and open-knit, offering lovely, understated persistence and definition to its orchard fruit, dried flowers and mint. Aging in 400-liter barrels helps keep the flavors fresh. (AG)  (9/2017)

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By: Ryan Kewin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/16/2019 | Send Email
Honeysuckle on the nose, apricot jam, Citrus and tropical notes. This Chardonnay is super tasty! This wine has great texture, a nice ocean minerality, and a slight nutty/yeasty note on the finish.

By: Neal Fischer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/16/2019 | Send Email
A beautiful nose begins with Meyer lemon, citrus pith, tropical fruits, and a touch of cream. It gets a little more rich with dried apricot, toasted nuts, and some breadiness. The palate is fruity yet also savory with yellow orchard fruit, hazelnut, toast, chalk, and sea brine. The wine maintains great acidity throughout, making for a wonderful experience.

By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/2/2018 | Send Email
The Dierberg Vineyard sits 13 miles from the Pacific Ocean. The cool influence of the ocean helps this wine maintain its acidity on the finish. Upfront, it is toasty aromas are followed by a mouth coating texture that follows with a spicy, lingering finish. The fruit is very ripe and bright.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/15/2018 | Send Email
Following up on the best selling 2014 Chardonnay this new 2015 Dierberg release, from their home estate vineyard, is simply stunning. Packed with perfectly ripe golden tree fruits, salted butter, rye toast, and saline minerals. A mid-weight wine with lots of flavor intensity and cool climate acidity. The flavors just go on and on. The crystalline acidity is so refreshing and food friendly. It's easy to see why so many of the regions top producers make single vineyard designates from this "Grand Cru" site...most for a lot more money than the winery's own bottling...especially at our super sharp price! Fantastic value for money here.
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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Santa Maria/Santa Barbara

- Santa Maria and Santa Ynez make up the two AVAs of Santa Barbara County, an area known for its natural beauty and temperate climate. The best grape-growing areas, however, are located on the very coastal reaches of these two appellations, and are cooled by ever-present fog and ocean breezes (it is even cooler and foggier here than Carneros!). As expected, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir thrive while the more inland zones lay claim to Bordeaux varietals and some Rhône blends.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.8