2010 Migration Santa Maria Valley Dierberg Vineyard Chardonnay
Grown in sandy soils, Dierberg’s meticulously farmed vines face the full force of the winds that sweep off the Pacific, producing low yields of concentrated Chardonnay. The result is a wine with length and force that is highlighted by bright acidity and beautiful peach, nectarine and white flower aromatics.
Varietal Content: 100% Chardonnay; Cooperage: 100% Barrel Fermentation, 100% French Oak, 35% New Oak, 65% Second Vintage
This is an intense and alluring Chardonnay, with a smooth, creamy mid-palate, excellent acidity and a long expressive finish. The aromas are bright and inviting, with layers of orange blossom, anise and Granny Smith apple. These elements are echoed on the palate, where they are joined by lush tropical notes of fresh-cut pineapple that carry through to a satisfying finish.
Though the beginning of the growing season was cold and wet, we had a successful bloom and set. Because the cool weather continued into summer, we applied extensive canopy management and vineyard floor cultivation, with little-to-no irrigation. After heat spikes in late August and early September, the end of the season was nice and temperate, and we were able to harvest ripe, high-quality fruit before any rain events. Despite its challenges, 2010 proved excellent for cool-climate winegrowing, delivering elegant wines with depth of flavor and superb balance at relatively low Brix.