Bottle Notes, Pinot Noir

2009 Dehlinger Pinot Noir High Plains – 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 and Cabernet Sauvignon.

High Plains is a higher elevation portion of the Dehlinger Estate Vineyard.

Crimson in color. 15.4% ABV. Tremendous nose of dark red fruits, pine needles and baking spices. Medium to full bodied with perfect acidity. Lush, ripe and fruit forward. Cherries, black raspberry, cloves and sarsaparilla on the palate. Exceptional length on the finish. Slightly bigger in style than I expect from Dehlinger but still a fantastic Pinot Noir. Best 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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