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2008 Dierberg Vineyard Pinot Noir Estate Grown Santa Maria Valley
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88(+?) Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2011

Bright ruby-red.  Dark berries and cherry on the musky nose.  Ripe and smooth in texture, with good depth to its black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors.  Shows good intensity on the finish, with features very firm tannins and a hint of candied licorice.  This could still use a little time to unwind.       

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Sea Smoke? What Sea Smoke?
11/15/2012
by Poli14015566
Second time I was influenced by the mention of Sea Smoke in the wineaccess write-up. The first was with Ojai Fe Ciaga, and I bought and like the wine. Others have stated that this Dierberg needs to breath - I found that to be true. But after about 15 minutes or so of air, the wine is quite balanced. Loved it, expecially at the price point. I ordered more today.
Very nice. Needs to breath.
11/12/2012
by barber14193061
Has a subtle taste that is good for drinking by itself or with lighter fare, even chicken. Wine needs 20-30 minutes to open up even after being vintalated.
Distinctive Pinot from California
09/25/2012
by Rhone262690
Enjoyed this with it's subtle note of spice.

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