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.
Light red in color. 14.4% ABV. Sweet red fruits, baking spice and brown sugar on the nose. Medium body and acidity. Perfect texture and mouthfeel. Flavors of ripe bing cherries, pomegranate, cranberries, forest floor and cinnamon on the palate. The finish is exquisitely long with resolved tannins. Unexpectedly vibrant for an 11 year old Pinot Noir. Drink over the next year or two.
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 wrote about Dehlinger previously in the Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings.
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