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Ocean-driven fog and a cool summer
slowed the ripening of grapes for this coastal
Chardonnay, keeping its flavors bright.
What You Need To Know
Bankers Jim and Mary Dierberg
planted stakes in prime Santa Barbara wine country when they
purchased a former dude and cattle ranch in the felicitously
named Happy Canyon in 1996. Working with top consultants, the
Missourians put in 100 acres of Bordeaux varieties—chiefly
Cabernet and Merlot—then branched out to Santa Barbara’s cool
Santa Maria Valley subregion to plant heat-shy Pinot Noir
and Chardonnay. Their 2010 Chardonnay shows the wisdom of
matching grape to place: A long, slow growing season gave this
wine remarkable intensity and freshness.
Apple custard and
Rich but crisp, with
Creamy, buttery or mild
poultry, pork, fish, pasta
and rice dishes.