Dierberg and Star Lane Vineyards introduce CCL, a line of reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noirs from Santa Barbara County
(October 2, 2017—Lompoc, Calif.)—Jim and Mary Dierberg, owners of the Dierberg and Star Lane Vineyards, are dedicated to producing estate-grown wines from Santa Barbara County. The Dierberg family is proud to announce the debut of CCL, a reserve tier of wines showcasing each vineyard’s most outstanding blocks. The initial release includes the 2014 “Steven” Pinot Noir ($95, 65 cases) from the Dierberg Vineyard in the Santa Maria Valley, and the 2014 “Ty” Pinot Noir ($95, 62 cases) from the Drum Canyon Vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills. On November 1 the winery will release the 2013 “Star” Cabernet Sauvignon ($200, 60 cases), which displays the exceptional qualities of the “home block” on the steepest slope of the Star Lane Vineyard located in the Happy Canyon AVA. Interested consumers may contact firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase.
When Jim and Mary Dierberg established Dierberg and Star Lane Vineyards in 1996, they outlined a 250-year plan for the winery. CCL—250 in Roman numerals—is a symbol of this mission. Owners of Missouri’s historic Hermannhof Winery and Vineyard since 1974, the Dierbergs searched for over a decade, from Napa Valley to Bourdeaux, before selecting Santa Barbara County as the ideal location to create their wine estate. In keeping with their long-term vision, they built a state-of-the-art winery designed to last several centuries.
“As lovers of Grand Cru Burgundy and First Growth Bordeaux, we want the CCL wines to showcase the incredible potential that attracted us to Santa Barbara County,” says owner Jim Dierberg. “CCL wines come from our very best vineyard parcels and were made in minute quantities with the goal of maximizing depth, complexity, and age-ability. We hope these wines make a persuasive statement as to the quality offered from our vineyards in Santa Barbara County. We are committed to demonstrating our belief that these various American Viticulture Areas are peerless. These wines are the next step for our family in doing just that.”
The introduction of CCL follows the arrival of Winemaker Tyler Thomas, who the Dierbergs recruited in 2013. Tyler previously worked at Sonoma County’s prestigious Donelan Family Wines and Hyde de Villaine in the Napa Valley, and is known for his voracious study of the vineyard sites with which he works.
About Dierberg and Star Lane Vineyards
Founded by Jim and Mary Dierberg in 1996, Dierberg & Star Lane Vineyards encompasses three precision-farmed vineyards located in three Santa Barbara AVAs. The Star Lane estate in Happy Canyon is home to 200 acres of Bordelaise varietal vines, planted at elevations ranging from 750 to 1550 feet and slopes varying from 45 degrees to flat on the valley floor. The 160-acre Dierberg Vineyard site in the Santa Maria Valley consists of 12 “heritage” clones of Pinot Noir that trace back to Burgundy and Chardonnay selections derived from marquis cuttings of the renowned Wente clones, and the closely related Clone 4. The Drum Canyon Vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills boasts 70 acres of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay on steep hillsides that climb more than 400 feet from the base to the peak.
Under the direction of Winemaker Tyler Thomas, Dierberg and Star Lane Vineyards believes great wines are discovered, not made. Dierberg Vineyard produces a Chardonnay ($32), Pinot Noir ($44) and Syrah ($65) from the Dierberg Vineyard in Santa Maria Valley, as well as Chardonnay ($45) and Pinot Noir ($52) from Drum Canyon Vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills. The winery also produces a Syrah ($40) from the Star Lane Vineyard in Happy Canyon. Star Lane Vineyard produces 100% estate grown Sauvignon Blanc ($22), Rosé of Malbec and Viognier ($22), Merlot ($40), Cabernet Franc ($55) and Cabernet Sauvignon ($50). The winery also produces Astral ($120), made from 15 acres of own-rooted, non-grafted, Cabernet Sauvignon from the Star Lane estate.
Dierberg and Star Lane Vineyards Contact
1280 Drum Canyon Rd., Lompoc, CA 93436