The excellent 2015 Chardonnay Dierberg Vineyard offers up an expressive nose of ripe orchard fruit, smoke, preserved citrus and light reduction. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, ample and flavorful, with a lovely line of bright acidity and a crisp, precise finish. I hope more producers will emulate Tyler Thomas' choice to ferment and mature this wine in 400-liter barrels (as opposed to the more normal 225-liter Burgundian pièces), an emerging trend in France as well as California. Great value, too. (WK)
The 2015 Chardonnay Dierberg Vineyard over-delivers. Possessing a light gold color as well as a high-class bouquet of sautéed orchard fruits, creamed corn, citrus, and hints of white flowers. More ethereal and elegant than powerful, with vibrant acidity, this beauty is balanced, silky and seamless on the palate. Count me in as a fan, and if you like the more elegant, racy style of Chardonnay, this is for you.
There is a lot of pent-up energy on the nose of this fresh and zesty bottling, which shows aromas of key lime, tangerine, wet stone and a hint of nectarine. The palate is overloaded with citrusy flavors, from Meyer lemon peel to grapefruit pith, but there is also baked-apple warmth at its core. (MK)
The 2015 Chardonnay Dierberg Vineyard is soft and open-knit, offering lovely, understated persistence and definition to its orchard fruit, dried flowers and mint. Aging in 400-liter barrels helps keep the flavors fresh. (AG)
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