Vineyard: Dehlinger

OwnersCarole Dehlinger, Tom Dehlinger
AppellationRussian River Valley
VarietiesPinot Noir

Wineries sourcing from this vineyard

Reviewed wines produced from this vineyard

2009 Dehlinger Estate Bottled Russian River Valley Chardonnay

14.9% alc., $37. · Golden straw color in the glass. Primarily oak-driven aromas of toast, fresh brioche, and brown butter with a hint of yeastiness. Richly flavored with a core of apple, baked pear, lemon, toffee, and roasted nuts. Relatively low in acid, finishing dry with a bit of heat. Good. Reviewed October 2, 2012 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2009 Dehlinger Altamont Vineyard Old Vines Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., 325 cases, $60. From the original 1975 hillside planting (Pommard, Martini and Swan clones), and the 1982 Octagon planting (Swan clone). Yield was 1.5 tons per acre. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Nicely perfumed with aromas of fresh dark cherries, strawberries and raspberries with a hint of baking spice and a trace of oak. Nicely flavored with a moderately rich core of dark red cherries, red plums and raspberries with a touch of sandalwood, cola and savory herbs in the background. The peacock tail finish is memorable, still evident the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. This wine shows better balance than the High Plains and has more potential for aging. Very good (+). Reviewed October 2, 2012 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2009 Dehlinger High Plains Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

15.4% alc., $60. From the highest ground of the 1989 planting. Usually these grapes are included in the Estate blends or Reserve bottling. 96% Pommard and 4% Swan clone. Yields were 1.25 tons per acre. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. Very ripe fruit aromas featuring Bing cherries with a hint of spice and seasoned oak. Rich, long and plush, with copious amounts of black cherry and black raspberry fruit with a sidekick of oak vanillin and cola. The bombastic sap is very seductive and persists on the dry finish which has healthy tannins and a bit of heat. Retasted the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle, the fruit veered to the dark (over ripe) side. Good for its style. Reviewed October 2, 2012 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2005 Dehlinger Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.6% alc., $65. · Now this is what I’m talking about. Red cherry pie aromas with a friendly oak influence. Delicious redder fruits with a little root beer and rhubarb added for interest. Embraces and surrounds the tongue with flavor. Light and elegant with barely detectable tannins. The balance is dead on. Perfect in every way, reminiscent of Comte de Vogue 1er Chambolle Musigny. Who says you can’t make Burgundy in the USA? You want some of this (sold through mailing list only). The website is www.dehlingerwinery.com and phone is 707-823-2378. Reviewed August 4, 2008 WINERY » ARTICLE »