93 points Jeb Dunnuck: "Moving to the reds, the 2016 Pinot Noir Dierberg Vineyard comes from the estate vineyard in the Santa Maria Valley and was 75% destemmed and aged 10 months in 25% new French oak. Ruby/purple-hued, with notes of raspberries, Asian spice, forest floor, and crushed flowers, it's medium-bodied and has a rounded, elegant texture, beautiful purity, and a great finish. It's a clean, classy, impeccably put together Pinot Noir to drink over the coming 7-8 years. Drink: 2019-2027. (10/31/19)"
92 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): "The 2016 Pinot Noir Dierberg Vineyard is plush and inviting, with soft curves and plenty of immediacy. Dark red/purplish berry fruit, lavender, spice and rose petal all meld together in this attractive, fruity Pinot. Supple and forward, the 2016 will drink well pretty much upon release. The 25% whole clusters are not especially evident, at least not today. Drink: 2020-2028. (Sep 2019)"
92 points Wine Enthusiast: "Earthy aromas of tarragon meet with black raspberry and cherry on the complex and deep nose of this bottling by Tyler Thomas. There's a dry grip to the palate, where red plum mix with dried mint, wild sage and intriguing lemon verbena flavors. Alcohol 13.5%. (Jul 2019)"
Producer notes: "2016 reminds all of us of 2014. Both vintages share a purity of fruit expression and freshness that we adore from Dierberg Vineyard. 2016, however, elevates itself into a fruity realm, showing more dark cherry qualities than the earthy notes common from Dierberg. As such, its flavor profile has kinship with 2015 even if its lithe, fresh texture, is a bit more finessed. Aged 14 months in 35% new French oak. Alcohol 13.3%."
|Appellation||Santa Maria Valley|