Review: Diora 2022 Rose and 2019 Pinot Noir

Review: Diora 2022 Rose and 2019 Pinot Noir

Monterey-based Diora Wines focuses on pinot noir and chardonnay, but today we’re looking at two pinot expressions — a standard red and a rose made from pinot noir grapes. Both are designed with summer sipping and affordability in mind.

Let’s dive in.

2022 Diora La Belle Fete Rose of Pinot Noir Monterey – Bright strawberry meets mixed florals in this classically styled California bottling of rose, showcasing a fragrant, creamy character that would feel right at home at Wimbledon. The floral qualities take on a more heavily perfumed quality as the wine develops in glass, with a peach influence informing the finish. If you like your roses round and juicy — and not at all acidic — give this a try. B+ / $20

2019 Diora La Petite Grace Pinot Noir Monterey – A fruit-forward expression of pinot noir, quite juicy and wholly approachable, especially considering the price level: vanilla cola melding here with a substantial core of cherries and dates. Chocolatey on the finish and not at all acidic, it’s less overtly pinot-like than I’d hoped, and it comes across more like a blend, with a juicier merlot-like quality in the mix. No harm in that, fortunately, as the resulting product is bright and fruity without being jammy or too sweet. There’s definitely a house style to Diora that one starts to intuit after these two bottlings, and I have to admit, it isn’t wrong. A- / $26

2019 Diora La Petite Grace Pinot Noir Monterey




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.

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