Bottle Notes, Pinot Noir

2002 Dehlinger Estate Pinot Noir – Bottle Notes

2002 Dehlinger Estate Pinot Noir

Dehlinger Winery is located in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County and was founded in 1975 by Tom and Carole Dehlinger. Eva Dehlinger took over winemaking duties in 2007. Known for their Pinot Noir, Dehlinger also makes Chardonnay, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon.

The wine is a dark ruby in color. Black cherry and baking spice on the nose. Cinnamon, cranberry, cherries, cola, brown sugar, tea and minerals on the palate. The wine has vibrant acidity and great texture. The finish is long and sweet. Drink over the next 2-3 years. If you have some recent vintages of Dehlinger Pinot Noir I urge you to stick them in the back of your cellar and let them age for up to 10 years. You will not be disappointed.

My rating: 93 points.

Dehlinger Winery has a great reputation among wine connoisseurs. Wine writers have consistently given strong reviews while praising the winery for its uniqueness, quality, consistency and value. About 75% of their wine is sold via the mailing list. Amazing wines that are well worth the search.

I’ve blogged about Dehlinger previously in Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings.

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