2013 Dierberg Dierberg Vineyard Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., $44. Stem inclusion higher than used previously from Dierberg Vineyard. Aged 15 months in French oak barrels, 25% new. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. More sap in this mid weight plus wine, featuring a melange of aromas and flavors including black cherry, blackberry jam, spice, black tea, dark cocoa and a hint of toasty oak. Despite its heft, the wine is quite charming, combining intensity of flavor with a refined style. The grand finish is replete with a generous array of dark fruits, leaving behind just a hint of alcoholic heat. Score: 92. Reviewed September 7, 2016

Winery: Dierberg Vineyards
From article: Recently Tasted California Pinot Noir & Chardonnay