*3 stars* Tom Dehlinger has never been one to hold back on Pinot Noir and leaves the making of delicate wine to others, and his style can be no better seen than in this bold and deeply filled effort. When, as in such stellar harvests as 2007, all the pieces fall into place, even the naysayers who cannot see past alcohol content are bound to be taken with the kind of richness and wonder-fully concentrated fruit that this deep, remarkably well-balanced bottling shows. It will hold and improve for many more years, but whether drunk now or saved for later, it needs to be paired with appropriately rich foods.
From the hilltop sections of Dehlinger’s vineyard, the sensational 2007 Pinot Noir Estate boasts impressively pure fruit (black raspberries, forest floor, earth, and spice), dazzling intensity, medium to full body, a dark ruby/purple color, and an expressive, expansive mouthfeel and length. This beauty can be drunk now or cellared for a decade or more. (RP)
Deep, bright red. An alluringly perfumed nose displays raspberry, strawberry, Asian spices and wisteria. Suave and silky, with mineral-driven, gently sweet red berry flavors and a touch of cola. More delicate and pure than the Goldridge. Not a powerful wine but focused, vibrant and very seductive already. Tannins arrive late and allow the subtle finishing flavors to fan out impressively. (ST)
Developing nicely, this smooth-textured red shows ripe plum, black cherry and spice notes, with a light touch of earthiness. The flavors turn delicate on the finish. Drink now through 2017. (JL)
A spicy, ripe and seductive nose of violet, blue berry, raspberry and red Pinot fruit leads to nicely energetic, rounded and equally seductive flavors that stop short of being jammy, all wrapped in a noticeably warm finish. The warmth is evident even when the wine is appropriately cool but as long as the temperature is kept this way, it's not overly intrusive.
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