The 2003 Pinot Noir Estate, from Dehlinger’s hilltop vineyards, is a lush, textured effort revealing sweet black cherry, raspberry, plum, and allspice notes, a lush, medium to full-bodied palate, sweet tannin, and a distinctive opulence as well as earthiness. It should drink well for 7-8 years, although this estate’s Pinots can last longer than one suspects. I had my last bottle of their 1994 just recently, and it was still drinking beautifully. Kudos to Tom Dehlinger, a guy who seems to be content to stay under the radar and simply make an assortment of very fine as well as realistically priced wines!
*One Star* Another fine Pinot from Dehlinger, this one carries the familial traits of ripeness and richness but differs from its mate above in being both a little brighter in its fruit while carrying a somewhat lowered sense of concentration. Call it a small choice in style, if you will, because both wines are fleshy and deep and both ask for earlier rather than later drinking.
Medium red. A bit blacker on the nose than the Goldridge sample, with a note of dark raspberry and good thrust. At once superripe and sappy, with generous dark raspberry and spice flavors. This conveys a small-berry feel and an impression of solid extract. Finishes concentrated and persistent. Dehlinger vinified this cuvee with a small percentage of whole berries.
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