Dehlinger’s Pinot Noirs are so reasonably priced that consumers may overlook them. I just finished my last bottle of his 1994 Reserve, and it was still drinking beautifully. There are 1,150 cases of the 2004 Pinot Noir Estate. Aged in 35-45% new French oak, this stunning effort was fashioned from both the Pommard and Martini Clones of Pinot Noir culled from Dehlinger’s hillside and knoll-top vineyard. Full-bodied and intense with superb elegance, complexity, aromatics, and texture, it reveals abundant black fruits in the nose along with hints of forest floor, herbs, and earth. It should drink beautifully for a decade.
Distinct for its complex mix of cherry cola, raspberry and earthy berry flavors. Focused, elegant and balanced, with nice depth, a clean, crisp finish and fine-grained tannins.
If you have the patience to lay the Dehlinger Reserve away, then this wine could well be its nearer term substitute. Constructed in the Dehlinger style albeit softer and more approachable than its mate above, this one is high in concentrated character and full in body and will make a fine partner to rich beef and lamb roasts over the next few years.
Medium red. Vibrant strawberry and raspberry aromas are complicated by fresh rose and baking spices. Silky and sweet, with expressive red fruit flavors, hints of cinnamon and nutmeg, and a light, silky texture. Seductive and delicious right now, with impressively pure red berry tones on the finish.
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