Bottle Notes, Syrah

2006 Dehlinger Syrah – 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.

Pitch red in color. 14.9% ABV. Sublime nose of black fruits, grilled meats and iron. Medium to full body with strong acidity. Plush and decadent with an old world flair. Cherries, olives, saline and game on the palate. The finish is stunning. Super Syrah from what I usually consider a challenging vintage for Dehlinger. Drink over the next 2-3 years.

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.

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