Bottle Notes, Pinot Noir

2002 Dehlinger Pinot Noir Old Vine Reserve – 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.

Dehlinger Pinot Noirs are sourced from the estate vineyards on Vine Hill Road.

Light red in color. 14.7% ABV. Spellbinding nose of red fruits, forest floor, cloves and mint. Light to medium body with exquisite acidity. Classically built with tremendous mouth feel and almost a sappy sensation on the palate. Flavors of bing cherry, strawberry, earth and mushrooms. Medium length on the finish. Current versions of Dehlinger are more fruit forward and delicious in their own right but I do have an affinity for Dehlinger Pinots from the late 90’s and early 00’s. Best over the next year or so.

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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