Bottle Notes, Pinot Noir

2018 Dehlinger Pinot Noir Russian River Valley – 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.

The Russian River Valley bottling is the entry level Pinot Noir from Dehlinger and sold on a second mailer every Spring.

Dark crimson in color. 14.5% ABV. Pretty nose of red fruits, cloves, sarsaparilla and forest floor. Medium body with exquisite acidity. Charming, elegant and fruit forward. Cherries, pomegranate, baking spices and earth on the palate. The finish is long and silky. Incredibly impressive considering this is the entry level Pinot Noir in the Dehlinger lineup. I can only imagine this bodes well for the more limited bottlings from Dehlinger. 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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