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Date Printed: 10/20/2014
Dierberg Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir 2006
Dierberg Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir 2006
(search item no. 98039)
PinotReport rating: 92 points
Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/20/2014: $39.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2009 PinotReport rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2006 Dierberg Pinot Noir has proven to be somewhat atypical and is a departure from our big, burly house style. The wine exhibits the "sauvage" sage-like note that has come to define the wines from our vineyard, but envelops it in a more elegant frame. It is a sublime and classy wine, with delicate aromas of tea leaf, raspberry and forest floor and a sneaky structural component that keeps it firm and age worthy. The wine is perhaps more Audrey Hepburn than Brigitte Bardot in style. Enjoy this lithe and beautiful wine now with simply flavored food, or age for as many as 10 years to enhance the sage and forest floor notes that characterize the vintage.
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About Dierberg:

Dierberg Estate Vineyards lie very close to the Pacific Ocean in California's Central Coast wine region. The vineyards provide both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay for Dierberg Estate wines. In 1997, Mary and Jim Dierberg planted the first vineyard near the town of Santa Maria. Seven years later, they planted a second vineyard in what is known as Drum Canyon, south of Santa Maria, in the Santa Rita Hills. Our coastal environment provides a combination of sunny days, maritime breezes and well drained soils, perfectly suited to cool climate viticulture.

The Central Coast's cool-weather terroir is exemplified at the two estate vineyards that provide Pinot Noir and Chardonnay for Dierberg Estate: the original Dierberg Vineyard in Santa Maria - planted in 1997 - and the newer Drum Canyon vineyard located farther to the south in the Santa Rita Hills. In both vineyards, cooling Pacific Ocean fog and breezes keep this sunny corner of California far cooler than one would imagine. This phenomenon favors crisp acidity and gentle ripening in classic Burgundian Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes.

Dierberg's 160-acre vineyard outside the town of Santa Maria, and just 14 miles from the Pacific Ocean, is planted to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. It lies at the southern end of the Santa Maria Valley and is graced with gentle hillside slopes, sandy loam soils and western exposures. About one third of the vineyard is planted to Chardonnay, with the rest planted to Pinot Noir.