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.
Guadagni Bros. Vineyard is in the Dry Creek Valley and was planted over 100 years ago.
Bright purple in color. 15.5% ABV. The first Zinfandel from Dehlinger in 25 years. Very cool! Brambly red fruits, pepper and plums on the nose. Medium in body with plush, sweet fruit. Strawberries, raspberry and white pepper on the palate. Super Zin from a iconic Pinot Noir producer. Drink over the next 2-3 years.
My rating: 92 points.
Hopefully Tom Dehlinger won’t make us wait 25 more years before he releases another Zinfandel.
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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2 thoughts on “2009 Dehlinger Zinfandel Guadagni Bros. Vineyard – Bottle Notes”
I had one of these about 18M ago and thought I’d check back in 5-7 years!
Sounds about right Glenn. I have 4 bottles left and will probably do a bottle per year. I sure do hope Tom Dehlinger does this again in the upcoming years. Fun wine.