Archive for October 2010

2005 Star Lane Astral Cabernet Happy Canyon

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The older of the two Astral wines that we tasted, this bottle showed beautiful bouquet (aromatics developed in the bottle.)  The nose is aromatically giving, showing cassis and blackberry fruits with potent white flowers.  The palate is dense and rich and rests on a well built framework of tannin and acidity.  The wine has a […]

2006 Star Lane Astral Cabernet Happy Canyon

The Astral label is Star Lane’s top production reserve wine and comes from the highest elevation vineyards at their Happy Canyon estate.  This wine is deep in color and trumpets a pure and linear nose that has showy red and blue fruits. The palate is rich and immediately shows good tannins backed by a huge […]

2006 Star Lane Cabernet Sauvignon Happy Canyon

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The notes for this wine are, unfortunately, going to be short winded.  The main reason for this is that we tasted this wine immediately before tasting several vintages of their reserve wine; Astral.  So, we were gearing up for the main event and I’m afraid that I didn’t have the time to do this wine […]

2007 Dierberg Pinot Noir Santa Maria

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This wine comes from the Dierberg’s Orcutt Rd. Ranch vineyard in Santa Maria.  It has a showy blue fruit nose that is backed by savory, sagey, mineray and spice notes.  Aromatically there is a lot going on with this wine; as it had a chance to open in the glass it started to show pine […]

2007 Dierberg Chardonnay Santa Maria

This is a 100% barrel fermented Chardonnay, and it shows oak up front by way of a savory nose with mineral hints laced throughout.  The palate has lemony, citrus driven fruits and very nice texture.  This medium to full bodied wine has great acidity and a smooth tannin that laces the lemon fruits right into […]

2008 Star Lane Sauvignon Blanc

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This wine was made with cultured yeast from Bordeaux, which makes it an exception to most of the wines produced at Star Lane and Dierberg that utilize native yeast.  The nose shows savory chicken stock, lemon curd and lemon fruits.  It has less high tone notes which can most likely be attributed to the fact […]

2008 Caymus Cabernet, Napa Valley

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Caymus is one of Napa Valley’s benchmark producers; year in, year out, they make very good wines.  In my opinion, the Caymus Napa Cabernet is one of the best bang for the bucks Napa Cabs. This wine shows tart cherries and red fruits on the nose as well as a little barrel caramel/toasty sugar.  The […]

2006 St. Clement Cabernet, Napa Valley

The nose for this wine is aromatically giving and shows blueberries with a hint of tobacco, vine and spice.  The palate is very soft and fruit forward, but has good acidity and structure.  There is a little spice to the wine, and the only thing that I could say against it is that the finish […]

2006 Ramey Cabernet, Napa Valley

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Dave Ramey has both changed and charged the wine industry to date.  His work is credited for putting places like Chalk Hill and Matanzas Creek on the map for revolutionizing how they made Chardonnay.  He then went on to work at Dominus and Rudd before hanging his own shingle.  A true master of his craft, […]

Dierberg & Star Lane Winery

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It appears that Santa Barbara County’s Happy Canyon AVA has a new first growth producer; Dierberg.  During a recent visit to the winery and some of their vineyards we got a glimpse of the beautiful estate and the wines as well.  Formidable on all fronts, this producer has entered into the wine business with previous […]

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