Bottle Notes, Pinot Noir

2006 Dehlinger Pinot Noir Goldridge Vineyard – 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, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah.

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. Goldridge is a reference to a soil type within the Dehlinger Estate Vineyard.

Light garnet in color. 14.8% ABV. Red fruits, cloves, earth and minerals on the nose. Delicate and feminine with medium acidity. Bing cherries, forest floor, cola, flowers and spice on the palate. Atypical Dehlinger. It lacks the great texture I so adore in Dehlinger Pinot’s. Charming and somewhat Burgundian. Drink over the next 1-2 years.

My rating: 91 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 wrote about Dehlinger previously in the Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings.

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