Wine Review: 2009 Dierberg Santa Maria California Chardonnay

Winemaker Andy Alba really pulled out all of the stops on this one. He sourced the grapes from his Santa Maria estate vineyard, known for producing cool-climate Chardonnay. Dierberg’s 160-acre vineyard sits in one of the coolest spots in the AVA where the vines soak up the western exposure at the southern end of the Santa Maria Valley. And the sandy, marine based soils attribute the high acidity Chardonnay from this area.

The ’09 is zesty and racy with a good amount of pear, apple and mineral notes making it a great food wine. Cool-climate Chardonnay pairs well with delicate seafood, sushi, chicken, pasta and risotto. I went with an Oregon spring onion and cauliflower soup and a fresh fava bean risotto–magnificent. Drink now through 2016.

Rating: Very Good (89) | $32 | 13.0% ABV

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One Response to “Wine Review: 2009 Dierberg Santa Maria California Chardonnay”

  1. Nicolas says:

    I agree with your review!!


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