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TANTARA CHARDONNAY, DIERBERG VINEYARD, SANTA MARIA VALLEY 2014
The 2014 Chardonnay Dierberg shows the more tropically leaning side of this Santa Maria site. Orange peel, apricot, honey and butter give the Dierberg a real sense of richness, but all the elements are very nicely balanced.
NVWE Notes: Every bit as as elegant as it is rich, this bottling fans-out it’s aromas of fresh apple sauce, apple skin, pear skin, white peach, lemon marmalade, vanilla cream pie, nutmeg and hints of toasted hazelnut and coconut in a pretty display. It is slightly more reserved in the mouth, yet just as texturally rich as expected. At the finish, white pepper and apple skin notes bring focus and a soft-edged contrast to the wine’s layering of apple, peach, Persian raisin, lemon curd, vanilla wafer and baking-spice flavors. Very satisfying already, it will be more so in twelve to eighteen months. 100 cases produced. $43.95