2013 Drum Canyon Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir •Drum Canyon Vineyard
California: Santa Barbara County: Sta. Rita Hills
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Are you ready to be very impressed? Today’s 2013 Drum Canyon Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir is one elegant, delicious wine, from Dierberg Vineyard.
This winery produces some of the most revered and sought after wines on the Central Coast. Winemaker Tyler Thomas makes wines for both Dierberg and Star Lane.
This wine is rich and complex on the nose, with dark aromas of black cherry, slate, graphite, India tea leaf, wild strawberry, wild mushroom, dried red rose petals, subtle dark spice and a red clay earthiness.
Layered and bold on the palate, with black cherry, black tea leaf, slate, dried red rose petals, wild strawberry, soft spice, graphite and soft oak.
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. The 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.
Here’s what the wine press has to say:
94 points - Jeb Dunnuck, Robert Parker’s wine Advocate - “Even better than the estate release, the 2013 Pinot Noir Drum Canyon Vineyard shows slightly more stem and discrete oak, with ample black cherry, sweet black raspberry, rose petal and underbrush aromas and flavors. Medium+-bodied, silky, seamless and with rocking purity, it will have a decade of longevity. The elevage was 25% stems and aging in 20% new French oak. These are all high-class releases from the team here, and are well worth checking out.”
93 points - Mat Kettman, Wine Enthusiast - "”Iron, black slate. raspberries and snapped sagebrush show on this wine from the Dierberg family’s property along Highway 246. There are ample layers of fruit and spice to the palate, with raspberry, pomegranate and hibiscus evolving into dried rose petals and a bright florality, proving both quite flavorful and yet refreshingly light.”
Super dark, when viewed side-on. Viewed from the top, the wine has shining, beautifully clear, ruby red hues. After a good swirl, the wine settles quickly.
Black cherry, slate, graphite, India tea leaf, wild strawberry, wild mushroom, dried red rose petals, subtle dark spice and a red clay earthiness.
Black cherry, black tea leaf, slate, dried red rose petals, wild strawberry, soft spice, graphite and soft oak.
Long on the finish with dark fruits sustaining to the very end. Fruit falls off at the mid palate at first. Then, at the edges, fruit, spice and earth linger on,
Enjoy this wine with a grilled trout with cherry and lemon, or a big plate of charcuterie.
What the Winery Says
- Tyler Thomas
- PInot Noir
- Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara
- Harvest date
- September 2013
- 15 months
- 20% new French oak
- Bottling date
- December 2014