Bottle Notes, Pinot Noir

2011 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, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah.

Altamont is a reference to a soil type found in the Dehlinger Estate Vineyard.

Light red in color. 14.9% ABV. Pretty nose of red fruits, cloves, baking spices and forest floor. Medium body with perfect acidity. Light, racy and exceptionally elegant. Great balance. Cherry, cranberry, strawberry and a hint of earth on the palate. Tremendous length on the finish. Stunning Pinot Noir from what most considered a below average vintage. Absolutely breathtaking. Best over the next 2-3 years.

My rating: 96 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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