2005 Dierberg - Pinot Noir Estate 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Vinfolio | Rating: 95

Vinfolio's best selling Pinot Noir in history is the remarkably perfumed Dierberg Estate made by Nick De Luca. Jim Dierberg has one of the most impressive vineyard operations I have seen, with limitless potential to keep the viticulturist and winemaking team busy for years coming up with new wines to tempt us with. Shows dusty black cherry and black raspberry nose with subtle dried lavender, (there is some whole cluster fermentation), and vanilla sprinkled sea salt. The palate is round and ripe leading to vibrant, mouth-coating flavors of black cherry, cola and violets. The finish comes through with silky violet-laced tannins.

Drink Dates: 2008-2014
Author: Vinfolio Team
Issue: 193

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 92

Beautifully crafted, rich, intense and elegant, with a stylish mix of earthy raspberry, wild berry and blackberry fruit that's complex and concentrated, offering depth and length.

Drink Dates: 2008-2013
Author: James Laube

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 88

($42) Deep red. Bitter cherry and raspberry aromas display a medicinal concentration, with a good lashing of oak spice. Ripe cherry and red berries on the palate, taking a sweet turn on the close. I'm impressed by the depth and sweetness but would have liked just a bit more vivacity.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 135

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Burghound | Rating: 88

(14.9%; $40) Here the nose is even riper with notes of mocha and cola that accompany the red and blue fruit aromas that dissolve into round and very rich flavors that offer impressive volume and fine concentration on the sweet and mouth coating finish where there is relatively little undue warmth. The sap buffers the majority of the structure and while this could be approached now, I would give it a year or two in the cellar.

Drink Dates: 2009+
Author: Allen Meadows
Issue: Issue 28

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 94
Author: Juan K
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 03/20/2014

Rating: 93
Author: RJL
Tasted On: 10/17/2014

Rating: 91
Author: Dan McD
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 05/01/2011

Rating: 90
Author: storms38
Trust Rating: 92
Tasted On: 05/21/2011

Rating: 88
Author: Scooter
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 03/16/2012
Very fruit forward and New World in style. A bit too big for me but evened out after about an hour. This could actually wait a year or two

Average rating: 91, based on 9 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

962 bottles owned by 295 collectors.

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About This Producer

The Dierberg Vineyard is located off the coast of the Pacific Ocean at the southern end of the Santa Maria Valley. The land features a variety of hillside slopes, sandy loam soils and western exposures, ideally suited for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. With Nicholas DeLuca as head winemaker, and David Ramey of Ramey Wine Cellars Dierberg has been able to produce some fantastic recent vintages. Black cherry, violet and cola spill onto the palate from the Pinot Noir while the Chardonnay possesses dense notes of butterscotch, tropical fruit, and citrus and a long, smooth finish.

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Wine Varietal: Pinot Noir

Notorious for its fickle growing patterns, Pinot Noir vines prefer long, cool growing conditions and tend to mutate easily, leaving behind numerous clones and inconsistent flavor profiles. Although it is one of the three major varieties used in Champagne production, Burgundy is the traditional home of Pinot Noir. The 30-mile stretch of hills known as the Cote d'Or is valued as the world's premier production area. Pinot Noir is planted all over the world. In the United States, Sonoma, the Russian River Valley, Carneros and the Willamette Valley produce top-notch wines from this variety. Other notable countries include New Zealand, Australia, and Chile. Typical descriptors for Pinot Noir include strawberry, raspberry, cherry, mushroom, and meaty notes.

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