Bottle Notes, Pinot Noir

2006 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.

Light crimson in color. Almost translucent. 14.9% ABV. Pure nose of red fruits, cloves and earth. Medium body with perfect acidity. Super clean on the palate with flavors of cherries, cranberries, strawberries and spice. The finish is long and seamless. Drink over the next 2-3 years. This bottle was a relief after after some problematic bottles from ’04 and ’05. Special wine. Everything I love about Dehlinger.

My rating: 94 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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2 thoughts on “2006 Dehlinger Estate Pinot Noir – Bottle Notes

    1. James I think the 04 Pinots all showed some volatile acidity. I sold mine. The last 05 I had just wasn’t showing well. Holding out hope on those for the time being.

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