Bottle Notes, Pinot Noir

2020 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, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah.

The Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is the entry level wine in the Dehlinger Pinot Noir lineup but still features grapes from the estate vineyard.

Ruby red in color. 14.5% ABV. Pretty nose of red fruits, cloves, sarsaparilla and forest floor. Medium body with medium acidity. Lush, earthy and well balanced. Black cherry, strawberry, roasted herbs and earth on the palate. Nice length on the finish. Well made and hard to beat for the price but in no way on par with the estate vineyard designate bottles. Best over the next year or so.

My rating: 89 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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