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Star Lane Vineyard: Elevating Cabernet Franc to a higher level

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When a winery decides to experiment with a new varietal or blend, I am always intrigued to sample because like an artist creating a new painting or trying a new medium, it becomes a part of the creative process of growing and expanding ones knowledge. In the case of a winery it is expansion and development for both the winemaker and vintner. Having followed the wines of Dierberg Star Lane Vineyards for some time, I heard they had released their first Cabernet Franc and I was anxious to try this wine. The 2010 Cabernet Franc from Happy Canyon Vineyards was produced under the Star Lane Vineyard label, which specializes in the Bordeaux varietals.

The wine is full bodied with a deep purple color. I would consider the wine hearty and masculine because it is very big, bold and straightforward. The wine is heavier in texture compared to what most are used to in a Cabernet Franc. It displays some tart qualities yet is very rich. The tannins are very prominent and call for a steak or prime rib. The body is more like a Cabernet Sauvignon. There is an almost port like quality to the wine.

The Star Lane Cabernet Franc is only available at the winery tasting room in Lompoc or through membership with the Dierberg Star Lane club.

Elevating winemaking to a higher standard, Jim and Mary Dierberg, owners of Dierberg Star Lane decided in the 1990s to expand their base in the wine industry from their home state of Missouri where they owned the Hermannoff Winery in Hermann, Missouri. The Dierberg's purchased the Star Lane Vineyards in 1996 specifically to plant Bordeaux varietals. The location is known as Happy Canyon and was designated an AVA in 2009. This location houses the magnificent Spanish Moor styled winery that is reminiscent of a castle. A year later the Dierberg's purchased property in Santa Maria to grow the cool climate varietals that are so well known in the area. A couple years after, they purchase property in the Sta. Rita Hills to expand their blocks of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. These cooler areas became the foundation for Dierberg Vineyards. Between the wines from Missouri and those in California, the Dierberg’s have quiet a diverse portfolio of wines.

For more information on Dierberg Star Lane Wines or to become a club member:

Dierberg Star Lane Vineyards

Tasting Room:

1280 Drum Canyon Rd

Lompoc, CA

866.652.8430

Open Daily 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

To join the Dierberg Star Lane Club contact:

Amanda Milholland

805- 697-1452

amilholland@dierbergvineyard

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