morning picDusty Lane winds down and around Dierke’s organically certified hillside vineyard. Tucked away on a southern facing slope, the site is consistently flushed with onshore cooling at dawn and dusk, resulting in extended flavor development and vibrant fruit character. The 2012 Dusty Lane Sonoma Coast Syrah has been quietly aging in bottle for 6 months, allowing the bouquet to evolve and showcase hidden jewels.

The 2012 Dusty Lane Sonoma Coast Syrah is dark mauve in color. A refreshing burst of Valencia orange peel oil greets the senses. With some air, more familiar Dusty Lane notes are unleashed, as spring violets, cranberry and mashed strawberries are woven together by a strand of minerality. The fun-loving spirit of this wine gracefully gives way to something a bit more serious with the first sip. A mélange of black plum skin, cured olives and lightly roasted coffee takes embraces the mid-palate. This tension between masculine and feminine elements is the running motif of this Dusty Lane vintage. Chalky tannins balance the depth, while an arousing finish lingers. Enjoy bottles in the present, yet patient cellaring will deliver many years of pleasure.

released: spring 2015



John Dierke
Sonoma Coast
Western Sebastopol
Planted in 2006
October 19th


96 points
“Eric Sussman has been working with John Dierke’s organically farmed syrah since 2008, the vineyard planted on a southwest-facing slope of sandy Goldridge soil west of Sebastopol. In 2012, those vines grew a syrah of astonishing intensity and purity, as fresh as the wind that whips through the forested hills of the California coast. It’s electric yet substantial, with shaded pools and eddies of flavor—dark, concentrated fruit tones ofcassis and wild blueberries, scents of herbs and moss, peppercorn, ginseng, rose petals, cured meat, sage... Decant it now to catchits youthful, crunchy exuberance or age it for another five years to bring more elasticity to the tannins. Either way, you’ll have a supremely lifted and complex wine to pour with lamb or wild game” — Luke Sykora

VINOUS MEDIA, January 2015
95 points
“A decidedly powerful, virile wine, the 2012 Syrah Dusty Lane races from the glass with intense blue and black-toned fruit, melted road tar, game, incense and smoke. Savory varietal notes lie in the background in a Syrah that emphasizes structure. Hints of lavender, violets, smoke and jasmine add the final layers of complexity.”— Antonio Galloni

THE WINE ADVOCATE #216, December 2014
93 points
“Also from Goldridge soils, the 2012 Syrah Dusty Lane includes 10% whole clusters. A beautiful wine, it boasts good underlying acidity, meaty, black olive/tapenade notes, and a Northern Rhône Hermitage or high-end Crozes-Hermitage-like character. Full-bodied and dense with good tannic structure as well as impressive purity and complexity, it was aged 21 months in 500-liter French pungeons, of which 30% were new. Drink it over the next decade.” — Robert M. Parker Jr.

May 2014
92–94 points
“Inky purple. Highly perfumed scents of blackberry, cherry pit, Asian spices and violet, with intense pepper and mineral notes building with air. Juicy, penetrating and appealingly sweet, offering fresh red and dark berry and floral pastille flavors and a nervy mineral underpinning. this vibrant, precise, syrah finishes with lovely clarity and harmonious tannins.”— Josh Raynolds

VINOUS MEDIA, February 2014
(93-95) points *barrel sample*
“One of the highlights in this range, the 2012 Syrah Dusty Lane impresses for its exceptional overall balance. Floral and savory-infused aromatics meld into expressive dark fruit in a textured, voluptuous wine endowed with serious depth and texture. The 2012 is beautifully resonant from start to finish. Once again, the purity and pedigree of these Alban clone speaks with great eloquence. In 2012, the Dusty Lane is stunning.” — Antonio Galloni

THE WINE ADVOCATE #210, December 2013
(92–94) points *barrel sample*
“Even better is the 2012 Syrah Dusty Lane, a site that is planted with the John Alban clone of Syrah in the rich Goldridge soils of the region. About 10% whole clusters were used, and this south-facing vineyard has produced a wine with superb ripeness, copious blackberry and black currant fruit, a dense, full-bodied mouthfeel, and hints of spring flowers and subtle oak. This beauty should drink well for a decade.” — Robert M. Parker Jr.


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