Dierberg Vineyard always produces a rich and aromatic expression of Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay, and this wine is no exception. From its alluring orange blossom, fresh pineapple, brown sugar and green apple aromas to its intense palate weight and bright acidity, this is a lush, complex wine. At the same time, it displays lovely balance and incredible length with just a touch of well-integrated oak.
The 2012 growing season offered near-ideal temperatures, and with no unseasonable frosts, we were able to set a full crop. Temperate weather throughout the summer and a lack of heat spikes, meant the fruit ripened slowly, developing rich flavors, while maintaining excellent acidity. Cooler fall weather slowed down ripening and allowed us to pick everything exactly when we wished. As a result, our 2012 whites show beautiful varietal character with a solid citrus base and abundant ripe tropical fruit.