Bottle Notes, Pinot Noir

2010 Dehlinger Pinot Noir Altamont – 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.

Altamont is a reference to the soil type in which the grapes for this wine are grown.

Crimson in color. 14.9% ABV. Riveting nose of red fruits, cloves, sarsaparilla and damp forest floor. Medium body with perfect acidity. Tremendous purity of fruit. Concentration rarely found in an 11 year old Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. Cherry, strawberry, baking spice and earth on the palate. Exceptional length on the finish. Expectations were high and this showed even better than I would have expected. Best over the next 3-5 years.

My rating: 95 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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