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Star Lane Cabernet Sauvignon Santa Ynez Valley 2012

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

I don’t usually talk about color but this is about as black and opaque as Cabernet comes. Dark and soil driven on the nose with intense toasty oak and the bitterest chocolate forming a base for the crushed black currant fruit. Full bodied but focused with good integrated acidity and a nicely polished bed of tannins that adds a nicely structured feel to this big, broad wine. A bit dense and slightly chewy in the mouth this is richly fruited without being overtly fruity, turning nicely firm on the backend and onto the long, black currant, black raspberry finish. There’s a lovely liquory medicinal violet brightness on the finale that is very aromatic and engaging. There’s a little too much oak here for my tastes but this really offers a lot of intensity and interesting complexity. 90pts

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Star Lane Vineyard:
Jim Dierberg, When he has a passion for something, he acts quickly and decisively. Just ask his wife, Mary, to whom he proposed on their first date! It was love at first sight, yet again, when they laid eyes on the Star Lane Ranch, now planted to some 230 acres of vines. "We had looked around Napa and Bordeaux for a property early on," Jim recalls. But Napa and the Old World were getting a litt... Read more
Jim Dierberg, When he has a passion for something, he acts quickly and decisively. Just ask his wife, Mary, to whom he proposed on their first date! It was love at first sight, yet again, when they laid eyes on the Star Lane Ranch, now planted to some 230 acres of vines. "We had looked around Napa and Bordeaux for a property early on," Jim recalls. But Napa and the Old World were getting a little crowded. "We wanted open space and big sky." They found it during a business trip not far from Santa Barbara in a beautiful valley called Happy Canyon. Bankers by profession, Jim and Mary are no newcomers to wine. They've owned one of America's oldest wineries, Hermannhof, since 1974. It's located in their home state of Missouri, where Jim was raised in a farming tradition. (At age 11, he won the St. Louis County Fair with his champion pig, Buster.) An initial passion for wine developed during the couple's early trips to Germany during the 1960s. Back home in Missouri, they discovered an old winery in Hermann - founded in 1852 - was for sale, and they bought it. "Hermann seemed just like Germany in many ways," Mary says. "But it was only an hour from St. Louis." The wines at Hermannhof are good, but the Missouri climate is not conducive to growing the European varietals that have made France and California famous. It was only a matter of time before the couple would seek out a new winemaking perspective. They purchased Star Lane in 1996. "All the local farmers knew this was one of the warmest spots in the area," Jim recalls. After consultation with renowned Central Coast grower Dale Hampton and soil scientist Paul Skinner, the Dierbergs realized that the land was best suited to growing Cabernet and its related varietals. They started with 100 acres. Later in 1996, they bought a cooler vineyard site better suited to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay a bit farther north in Santa Maria. And in January of 2004, they added a new property in the Santa Rita Hills, also suitable for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. These two vineyards are called, fittingly, Dierberg. Currently, the winemaking couple are constructing their dream winery on the Star Lane property. It's dug into the hillside for efficient use of energy and will host some 26,000 square feet of caves for barrel aging. "We're excited about having a facility that will allow us to do justice to the terroir, which has already proved to be capable of producing wines of great distinction," Jim notes with pride. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Star Lane Cabernet Sauvignon Santa Ynez Valley

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
4.00 5
Vintage: 2005 01/18/2011

I don’t usually talk about color but this is about as black and opaque as Cabernet comes. Dark and soil driven on the nose with intense toasty oak and the bitterest chocolate forming a base for the crushed black currant fruit. Full bodied but focused with good integrated acidity and a nicely polished bed of tannins that adds a nicely structured feel to this big, broad wine. A bit dense and slightly chewy in the mouth this is richly fruited without being overtly fruity, turning nicely firm on the backend and onto the long, black currant, black raspberry finish. There’s a lovely liquory medicinal violet brightness on the finale that is very aromatic and engaging. There’s a little too much oak here for my tastes but this really offers a lot of intensity and interesting complexity. 90pts


Member Reviews for Star Lane Cabernet Sauvignon Santa Ynez Valley

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Snooth User: Mr Dolce
4535424,406
2.50 5
Vintage: 2006 02/19/2014

Potentially a great cab but very young in 10'. 3 to 4 more year of patience may give life to this bottle. After aging this bottle 3 and a half years, this amazing Cabernet Sauvignon had been vindicated since my recommendation. Valentine's day 2014


Snooth User: cgplayer9
8492221,049
3.50 5
Vintage: 2006 07/22/2012

Full bodied, well balanced. Blackberries, plum peels, hints of apple peel, licorice, and leather. Moderate finish with some pepper.


0.00 5
Vintage: 2005 03/05/2009

A Gold Medal Wine Club Platinum Series selection. Named one of the Top 100 Wines of 2008 by the San Francisco Chronicle and the Best New California Cabernet by Food & Wine magazine, Star Lane’s 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon seems to embody everything wine lovers associate with modern California Cabs. Also rated 92 Points by Wine Enthusiast magazine and 91 Points by Connoisseurs’ Guide, this distinctive wine hits all the right marks with a dynamic combination of richness and perfume. The confidence gained after several years of working with their vineyard has allowed Star Lane to produce a massive yet incredibly well balanced wine that reflects both the unique terroir of Star Lane Vineyard and the dedication of the vineyard and winemaking team. Complex but not complicated, supple yet structured, the 2005 Star Lane Cabernet Sauvignon is a wine that is intellectual as well as very sensual. Aromas of blackberry laced with the notes of sagebrush and chaparral that have become the hallmark of the Star Lane Vineyard lead into layers of currant, wild blackberry and savory herbs. The wine shoes a sophistication of structure that emphas both lushness and grip that will reward both the hedonist and the collector alike. Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar calls it ‘Excellent.’ Aged 18 months in oak. 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot. Enjoy now until 2015.


Snooth User: junkyardwisdom
57482777
4.00 5
Vintage: 2005 12/22/2010

A very good wine. Not sure it's worth the price, but the structure and complexity is definitely above average.


Snooth User: wineclosetinc
68951140
3.50 5
Vintage: 2005 09/16/2008

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: Host and Toast
88553336
4.00 5
Vintage: NV 02/10/2012

@hostandtoast, a great value for $42


External Reviews for Star Lane Cabernet Sauvignon Santa Ynez Valley

External Review
Vintage: 2009 11/04/2014

Looking at the reds, the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc and 8% Petit Verdot aged 18 months in 30% new French oak) is a big, massively fruited effort that dishes out loads of black currant, creamy licorice, cedar and herbal notes to go with a full-bodied, decadently-styled texture and mouthfeel. Despite all of the fruit, there-s some serious tannin here and another year or two in the cellar is warranted. It should drink nicely through 2021 or beyond. Drink 2015-2021. - Robert Parker 90 Points(includes 15% cabernet franc and 8% petit verdot; one-third new oak): Glass-staining ruby. Smoky aromas of blackcurrant, cherry pit and pipe tobacco, with a subtle note of black pepper in the background. Fleshy and broad on entry, then more taut in the mid-palate, offering sweet dark fruit flavors and a hint of candied licorice. The tobacco note repeats on the finish, which shows very good clarity and supple, harmonious tannins. - Stephen Tanzer 90 Points


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Vintage: 2009 04/18/2014

Looking at the reds, the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc and 8% Petit Verdot aged 18 months in 30% new French oak) is a big, massively fruited effort that dishes out loads of black currant, creamy licorice, cedar and herbal notes to go with a full-bodied, decadently-styled texture and mouthfeel. Despite all of the fruit, there-s some serious tannin here and another year or two in the cellar is warranted. It should drink nicely through 2021 or beyond. Drink 2015-2021. (includes 15% cabernet franc and 8% petit verdot; one-third new oak): Glass-staining ruby. Smoky aromas of blackcurrant, cherry pit and pipe tobacco, with a subtle note of black pepper in the background. Fleshy and broad on entry, then more taut in the mid-palate, offering sweet dark fruit flavors and a hint of candied licorice. The tobacco note repeats on the finish, which shows very good clarity and supple, harmonious tannins.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 04/18/2014

A pretty garnet color in the glass, this wine seduces with its initial aromas of black plums, figs and cinnamon. With further inspection, layers of pepper, pipe tobacco, graphite and hints of sandalwood intrigue the nose. While the wine presents a firm and focused structure, the mid-palate is supple and the finish is silky and lithe. - WineryVarietals:Cabernet Sauvignon - 77%Cabernet Franc - 23%Barrel Aging: 18 Months, 30% NewAlcohol: 14.7% ** SOLD OUT **


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Vintage: 2008 06/21/2013

A pretty garnet color in the glass, this wine seduces with its initial aromas of black plums, figs and cinnamon. With further inspection, layers of pepper, pipe tobacco, graphite and hints of sandalwood intrigue the nose. While the wine presents a firm and focused structure, the mid-palate is supple and the finish is silky and lithe. - WineryVarietals:Cabernet Sauvignon - 77%Cabernet Franc - 23%Barrel Aging: 18 Months, 30% NewAlcohol: 14.7%


External Review
Vintage: 2008 04/13/2014

A pretty garnet color in the glass, this wine seduces with its initial aromas of black plums, figs and cinnamon. With further inspection, layers of pepper, pipe tobacco, graphite and hints of sandalwood intrigue the nose. While the wine presents a firm and focused structure, the mid-palate is supple and the finish is silky and lithe. - WineryVarietals:Cabernet Sauvignon - 77%Cabernet Franc - 23%Barrel Aging: 18 Months, 30% NewAlcohol: 14.7% ** Only 8 in Stock **


Vintage: 2006 11/12/2010

Rating: 86/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the August 2010 issue. Cabernet's herbal, mildly peppery side is given a fair bit of play here, and, if complex and reasonably weighty with a good sense of extract, the wine is also a bit sluggish and dragged down by both heat and tannin. It is not without richness but it wants for grace, and it ends with a few too many angle and edges to work its way up to full commendation.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Cellar for future drinking. Wine will improve with bottle aging.


Vintage: 2006 07/05/2011

"Rating: 86/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the August 2010 issue. Cabernet's herbal


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