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Vineyard: Derbyshire

OwnerRay Derby
AppellationSan Luis Obispo County
VarietiesPinot Gris, Pinot Noir

Wineries sourcing from this vineyard

Reviewed wines produced from this vineyard

2012 Last Light Wine Company Derbyshire Vineyard San Luis Obispo County Pinot Noir

13.2% alc., pH 3.59, TA 0,78, 296 cases, $34. The vineyard is located in San Simeon. Harvest Brix 24.5º. Clones 667, 115 and 777. 20% whole cluster. Aged 10.5 months in 100% French oak barrels, 17% new. · Dark reddish purple color in the glass. The brooding nose offers aromas of very ripe blackberries and cassis with a subtle, savory green note. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, plush and velvety, featuring an array of earthy dark fruits and a green, even vegetal thread, in the background. A perplexing wine that offers very ripe tasting fruit, yet a low ABV and a greenness that presumably is due either to the whole cluster inclusion or some unripe fruit. When tasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle, the vegetal overlay was even more prominent. Score: 85. Reviewed April 20, 2015 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2008 Derby Wine Estates Derbyshire Vineyard San Simeon San Luis Obispo County Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., pH 3.50, 246 cases, $36. The vineyard, planted in 1998, borders the Hearst Ranch and is located one mile inland from the Pacific Ocean. Clones 115, 667 and 777. Aged 20 months in 44% new French oak barrels. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately deep reddish-purple color in the glass. Powerful and penetrating aromas of ripe, fresh black raspberries and black cherries. Delicious essence of sweet Pinot fruits with the slightest hint of pepper and citrus. Very silky and harmonious with bright acidity that will serve it well at the dinner table. Still singing beautifully the next day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Impressive effort from a unique coastal California site. Reviewed January 27, 2011 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2007 Derby Wine Estates Derbyshire Vineyard San Simeon San Luis Obispo County Reserve Pinot Noir

15.3% alc., pH 3.65, 249 cases, $42. Clones 115, 667, 777. Aged 34 months in 80% new and 20% neutral French oak barrels. Unfined and unfiltered. · Deeply colored. The fruit-filled nose offers aromas of plums, black currants, and blackberry jam with toasty and smoky oak in the background. A blocky wine with plenty of sweet dark fruit but too much oak-derived notes of mocha, brown sugar, and toasted brioche. As much as I liked the 2008 regular bottling from this producer, this full-throttle wine displays many traits that I disdain in Pinot Noir: over ripeness, high alcohol, generous extraction, and too much oak. Decent. Reviewed January 27, 2011 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2006 Derby Wine Estates Derbyshire Vineyard San Simeon Central Coast Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., pH 3.75, 235 cases, $42. Inaugural Pinot Noir from this newer producer. The Derbyshire Vineyard is just 1.25 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean bordering the Hearst Ranch. 62 acres were planted in 2002 to Pinot Noir clones 115, 667 and 777 and Pinot Gris. Grapes are also sold to Tantara, Wind Gap Wines and Wild Horse. 50% whole cluster. Aged 18-20 months in 50% new French oak. Unfined and unfiltered. The winemaker is Tiffinee Vierra. · Deep reddish-purple color. Alluring scents of dark cherries, Moroccan spice and sage. Discreetly concentrated core of cherry and red plum fruit with overtones of herbs and vanilla and a tangy finish that lingers with a grapefruit peel note. The tannins are supple permitting easy drink-ability. Sold on the winery’s website at www.derbywineestates.com. Reviewed September 19, 2009 WINERY » ARTICLE »