Bottle Notes, Pinot Noir

2008 Dehlinger Pinot Noir Goldridge Vineyard – 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 magenta in color. 14.8% ABV. Fragrant nose of black fruits, cloves, nutmeg and mushrooms. Medium body with perfect acidity. Black cherry, pomegranate, cranberry and baking spices on the palate. The finish is long, rich and plush. Just a tremendous Russian River Valley Pinot Noir and everything I expect from Dehlinger. The bar is set high for Dehlinger and this is just more proof that they have hit their stride again after some sub par vintages in the mid 2000’s. Drink over the next 2-4 years.

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.

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