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.
The grapes for the East Face Syrah are from an east facing portion of the Estate Vineyard and are periodically bottled separately.
Bright crimson in color. 14.5% ABV. Sublime nose of black and blue fruits, coffee, smoked meats and flowers. Medium body with just the right amount of acidity. Light and fresh with a Northern Rhone feel. Black cherry, blueberry, cocoa and minerals on the palate. Tremendous length on the finish. Killer Syrah from a Pinot Noir producer. Best over the next 3-5 years.
My rating: 94 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.