Bottle Notes, Chardonnay

2010 Dehlinger Chardonnay – 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 Chardonnay is sourced from the estate vineyard on Vine Hill Road.

Gold in color. 14.9% ABV. Sublime nose of tropical fruits, lemon oil and pears. Rich and unctuous with perfect acidity. Tremendous mouthfeel. Stone fruits, lemon curd, honey and minerals on the palate. The finish is long and tangy. Dehlinger might be know for their world class Pinot Noir but they do this variety every bit as well. Best over the next 1-2 years.

My rating: 92 points.

The 2016 vintage will be released this Fall and if I recall correctly is close to $50 per bottle.

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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