Dierke’s Organically certified hillside vineyard is nestled just off Bodega Highway within a diverse habitat of fruit trees, vegetable gardens, and beneficial plants. Vintage 2012 was aged for 17 months in 44% new tight-grained French oak. A mix of coopers assist the firm tannin grip, building the structure and supporting the coastal fruit. Exuberant and powerful, like the grower himself, the 2012 Dierke was allowed to bottle age six months before releasing.
The 2012 Dierke has a dark garnet core with a light magenta rim. There is interplay of dark and light throughout this vintage of Dierke. The dark side of the nose is black cherry, wet earth, anise, fresh blacktop and chocolate. The light side is blood orange, candied cherry, wet granite, vanilla and rose. The push/pull of dark and light continues in the palate. Bright acidity leads the attack followed by firm, delightful tannins wrapped in dark fruit. The texture is spot on now and the flavors are precise. Expect the components to loosen and deepen in intensity over the next decade.
Released: Fall 2014
THE WINE ADVOCATE #216, December 2014
“The 2012 Pinot Noir Dierke comes from an organically farmed, hillside vineyard just off the Bodega Highway, and was aged 16 months in 50% new French oak. It was made from the Mt. Eden clone and clone 828. Floral and spicy with notes of plums, dark currants and wet pebbles, this attractive, medium-bodied, pure, fresh, elegant beauty can be enjoyed over the next 6-8 years.” — Robert Parker
INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR (now Vinous Media),
VINOUS MEDIA, February 2014
“Bright ruby. Wild, assertive boysenberry, floral and cocoa powder aromas show excellent clarity and a spicy overtone. Juicy and tightly focused on the palate, offering intense red and blue fruit flavors that gain sweetness and depth with air. The most structured of these pinots (which is why it has yet to be bottled), finishing with serious power and chewy, building tannins.” — Josh Raynolds
(91-93 points) *barrel sample*
“Dark, ferrous and earthy notes abound in the 2012 Pinot Noir Dierke. Interestingly, the savory side of this cold site dominates over the fruit, even in the 2012, which is such an expressive vintage. Hints of new leather, smoke and tobacco add nuance on a finish laced with considerable energy, power and tension. There is a lot to look forward to here, but the Dierke has a bit less early appeal than most of the other 2012 Pinots in the range.” — Antonio Galloni