Bottle Notes, Chardonnay

2005 Dehlinger Estate Chardonnay – Bottle Notes

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 grapes for Dehlinger Wines are largely grown on the Estate Vineyard in the Russian River Valley. The initial vines were planted in 1975 and followed by subsequent plantings through 1989.

Golden in color. 14.5% ABV. Honeysuckle, lemon zest and flint on the nose. Excellent acidity. Medium bodied, steely and mineral driven. Pear, vitamin, smoke, apple and lemon meringue pie on the palate. A far cry from your typical California Chardonnay. This wine would be a great ringer in a Chablis tasting. Drink over the next year or so. Note to self…buy more Dehlinger Chardonnay.

My rating: 92 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.

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