2016 Dierke pinot bottle

Vineyard Profile

Dierke’s organically certified hillside vineyard is nestled just off Bodega Highway within a diverse habitat of fruit trees, vegetable gardens, and beneficial plants. Notoriously exuberant and powerful, like the grower himself, the Dierke vineyard teems with life every season. Comprised of the Mt Eden and 828 clones, the 2016 vintage marks a decade of vine age for this distinct Sonoma Coast site just west of Sebastopol. We chose to barrel age the bold 2016 Dierke Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir for 16 months, followed by an additional restful year of bottle age prior to release.

Tasting Notes

The 2016 Dierke Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is a complex mix of red and black fruit, coupled with prevalent savory undertones. Aromas of juicy black cherry, bright Santa Rosa plum, and ripe boysenberry marry harmoniously with whispers of black olive, star anise, and freshly steeped black tea. Intriguing notes of violets and terracotta weave throughout. Depth and intensity are balanced by zesty acidity, and a shy layer of vanilla adds a delicate smoothness that lingers on the palate.

Cellar Notes

  • Grower:
    John Dierke
  • Appellation:
    Sonoma Coast
  • Geographic Location:
    Western Sebastopol
  • Varietal:
    Pinot Noir
  • Selection:
    Mt. Eden, 828
  • Vineyard Age:
    Planted in 2006
  • Soil Type:
  • Harvest Date:
    September 3rd and 6th
  • Unfined
    & Unfiltered

Wine Reviews

January 2019 | 94+ points

“The 2016 Pinot Noir Dierke has developed into a gorgeous wine…there is a crystalline purity to the 2016 that is impossible to miss. There is so much to look forward to. Graphite, crushed rocks, game, menthol and lavender gradually open up in the glass…”

–Antonio Galloni
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