Dierberg Estate Vineyard Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley 2015
93 Points Wine Advocate
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.