Bottle Notes, Pinot Noir

2005 Dehlinger Estate Pinot Noir – 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.

Magenta at the core but starting to fade a little at the edge of the glass. 14.6% ABV. Black fruits, baking spice and forest floor on the nose. Strong acidity yet lacking the great mouthfeel I expect from Dehlinger. Black cherries, cranberries, cola and spice on the palate. Just a touch of heat on the long finish. Not the best showing of this bottling. I’ll check in on another bottle in a year or so.

My rating: 90 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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