When Jim Dierberg has a passion for something, he acts quickly and decisively. Just ask his wife, Mary, to whom he proposed on their first date! It was love at first sight, yet again, when they laid their eyes on the Star Lane Ranch Estate in the Santa Ynez Valley of California's Central Coast. Starting with just 100 acres in 1996, the couple planted the Star Lane Estate to mostly Bordeaux varietals, and then purchased two more vineyard properties, which they named Dierberg Vineyards. Jim and Mary decided the cooler Dierberg Vineyards were well suited for Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Syrah, and gave the 'Dierberg Estate' name to this vineyard's unique wine profile. Considered 'sister estates,' Star Lane and Dierberg utilize an extraordinary winery facility carved into the base of a 1500-foot-high ridge. A visual feast as well as a minimalist's vision of winemaking efficiency, the winery moves grapes, juice and wine entirely by gravity from the crush pad to the caves three stories below, while ensuring the most gentle handling and winemaking strategies possible. From world class wines to a stunning facility, Star Lane and Dierberg Estate have quickly become frontrunners of California's esteemed Central Coast.
Dierberg Estate Winery - Santa Ynez Valley
Platinum Series Plus Selection - 93 Points from Wine Spectator