2013 Dierberg Pinot Noir Estate Santa Maria Valley

“Heady and exotic, with great purity of fruit...”

2013 Dierberg Vineyard Pinot Noir Estate Santa Maria Valley

The robe is clear and pale, like the sheen on red velvet. The fragrance is wildly floral, truly heady, an effusive perfume beach roses, pomegranate, and a spicy catch like blooming phlox. The flavor profile is all about red currants and rose hips, and its strident astringency reads like the pith of red citrus. The tannins are modest, but the acidity forms a lattice around which weave sharp red fruits and a tracery of spice.

More exotic and high-toned than the winery’s Drum Canyon Vineyard Pinot Noir, a wine itself quite light on its feet. I’d like to taste both with bottle age.

14.8% abv | $44 (sample)

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