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 Dehlinger Wines are largely grown on the Estate Vineyard in the Russian River Valley. The initial vines were planted in 1975 and followed by subsequent plantings through 1989.
Light crimson in color. 14.7% ABV. Gorgeous nose of red fruits, baking spice and earth. Medium body with perfect acidity. Great texture and mouthfeel that defines Dehlinger Pinot Noir. Cranberry, strawberry, black cherry and brown sugar on the palate. An extended finish completes the picture. Drink over the next 2-4 years. A great effort from Dehlinger after some sub par vintages in ’04 and 05.
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.
I wrote about Dehlinger previously in the Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings.
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