2018 Radio-Coteau Dierke 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. Dierke holds the distinction as the last Pinot Noir site we harvested in 2018, and with the majority of the fruit fully destemmed to preserve purity, one will find our intention of extended bottle age prior to release has revealed a graceful, fruit-driven expression of this compelling vineyard site.

Tasting Notes

The deep ruby color of the 2018 Dierke Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir hints at what is to come. Opening with ripe red cherry, dried cranberry, and dusty raspberry, the bright fruit ushers in a brooding, structured intensity. An earthy forest floor character mingles with savory notes of cinnamon, cola nut, tobacco leaf, and a hint of dark chocolate. A touch of flint minerality reveals itself alongside delicate lilacs balanced by grippy tannins. Thoroughly charismatic in its youth, the 2018 Dierke will continue to gracefully reveal its many layers for those patient enough to learn its secrets.

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 18th & 29th
  • Unfined
    & Unfiltered

Wine Reviews

January 2021 | 96 points

“The 2018 Pinot Noir Dierke is bright and finely sculpted. Small red berry fruit, crushed rocks, blood orange, mint, pine and rosewater give this sinewy, focused Pinot tons of character. The Dierke is one of the more aromatic, transparent wines in this range. Today, the Dierke is quite reticent, but it should start to blossom beautifully with a bit of time in bottle.”

–Antonio Galloni
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