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. Goldridge is a reference to the deep Goldridge soils of Dehlinger Vinyeard where the vines tend to be more vigorous.
Crimson in color. 14.6% ABV. Subdued nose of red fruits, licorice and flowers. Medium to full body with plush mouth feel and sufficient acidity. Cherries, game and white pepper on the palate. Soft tannins on a medium length finish. Easy to drink but somewhat underwhelming given the pedigree. Drink over the next 1-3 years.
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.
I wrote about Dehlinger previously in the Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings.
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