|Owner(s)||Delicato Family Vineyards|
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This winery offers about 5,000 cases of Pinot Noir (La Petite Grace) sourced from the estate San Bernabe Vineyard located at the southern edge of the Santa Lucia Mountains range and other Santa Lucia Highlands vineyards. A single vineyard red wine, Three Crowns, is also offered from San Bernarbe Vineyard.
Diora is adopted from "D'or," a French term meaning "golden."
The winemaker hails from Australia wine country, arriving at Diora in 2000 and never left.
2014 Diora Le Petite Grace Monterey Pinot Noir
14.5% alc., pH 3.62, TA 0.61, RS unknown, 5,038 cases, $30. Inaugural bottling. One of the multiple brands owned by Delicato Family Vineyards, sourced from the San Bernabe Vineyard located at the southern edge of the Santa Lucia Mountains range. Elaborate packaging with a large golden wax dip on the top and neck with pull tab (string “lappet”) that is very difficult to open, and a necklace with the winery’s crest draped over the neck. The wax treatment is a copy of that used for the Belle Glos Pinot Noir wines. Sourced from San Bernabe Vineyard at the southern end of the Santa Lucia Mountain range and crafted by winemaker James Ewart. 96% Pinot Noir, 2% Grenache, 2% Syrah. 30% whole cluster. 5-day cold soak in stainless steel fermenters, proprietary yeast fermentation. Aged 10 months in 90% French oak, 8% neutral American oak and 2% Hungarian oak. A select portion of the wine was aged in Francois Frères barrels with toasted heads to amplify the oak influence. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Aromas of very ripe blackberry and boysenberry with notes of spice, vanilla, violets, baking cocoa and char-infused oak. The wine pushes the ripeness envelope, with slightly sweet flavors of purple and black berry fruits, dark chocolate and spice. Slightly creamy and plush in the mouth, highly extracted, with balanced tannins and some finishing persistence. Not my favored style, but will find an audience in the consumer marketplace. Score: 89. Reviewed March 12, 2016 ARTICLE »