2013 Dierberg Dierberg Vineyard Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay

14.6% alc., $32. Dierberg Vineyard is located 14 miles from the Pacific Ocean at the southern end of the Santa Maria Valley. California heritage Chardonnay clones. Wine barrel fermented in 400 liter casks, 15% new. Malolactic fermentation only in certain components. Aged 16 months in French oak barrels and 4 months in stainless. · Moderate golden yellow color in the glass. A striking wine that achieves greatness over time in the glass. Lovely aromas of lemon curd, Golden Delicious apple, and subtle notes of butter and oak. Flavors of lemon, pear, and yellow apple are presented with a streamlined mouthfeel that culminates in a tight, crisp, citrus-laden finish. Perfectly balanced and ideal in every way. Score: 95. Reviewed September 7, 2016

Winery: Dierberg Vineyards
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