Bottle Notes, Syrah

2005 Dehlinger Syrah East Face – 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. The grapes for the East Face Syrah are from an east facing portion of the Estate Vineyard and our periodically bottled separately.

Purple in color. 15.2% ABV. Red and blue fruits, flowers and game on the nose. Medium body with nice acidity. Exquisite texture and mouthfeel. Blueberries, cherries, coffee and grilled meats on the palate. The finish is smooth and silky. Delicious Syrah. Drink over the next 2-3 years.

My rating: 92 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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