Bottle Notes, Syrah

2011 Dehlinger Syrah Goldridge – 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 Syrah is sourced from the estate vineyards on Vine Hill Road. Goldridge is a reference to the soil type.

Dark red in color. 14.7% ABV. Brilliant nose of black fruits, game, flowers and white pepper. Full bodied with strong acidity. Shows tremendous finesse and balance. Crushed blackberries, meat, blood and black pepper on the palate. Nice length on the finish. I’d love to sneak this Syrah into a Northern Rhone tasting. So very unique. Best over the next 3-5 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.

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