Tom Dehlinger is 'consistently consistent,' and his wines are always a delight to taste. When you combine that with fair pricing and remarkable humility, this estate merits (and receives) strong support from wine consumers. Dehlinger’s 2007 Pinot Noirs may be the finest he has produced since the mid-nineties (his 1994s are still holding on to life). In his quiet manner, Tom Dehlinger continues to turn out very fine Syrahs, and deserves credit for being one of the pioneers with Rhone Ranger varietals. (RP)
Vivid red. Deep red and dark berry scents are complicated by smoky Indian spices, black tea and dried rose. Weightier than the Goldridge, and more powerful as well, offering dense, chewy red berry compote and cherry flavors. The finish repeats the cherry and spice notes and lingers impressively, with gentle tannins adding grip. I marginally prefer the Goldridge today, for its suavity and vivacity. (ST)
A ripe but fresh nose of deeply pitched red and blue berry fruit with hints of spice and sandalwood introduces lush, opulent and round medium-bodied plus flavors that possess fine depth and length though there is a touch of backend warmth.
Dehlinger Pinots rarely want for ripeness, nor are they wines that speak in hushed tones. This latest, however, is just a touch lesser in scale than the winery norm but still presents a pleasant mix of cherries, strawberries, mint and sweet spice. It is relatively accessible in style, medium-full-bodied, nicely rounded in feel and a touch soft in overall balance, and it should develop a bit over the next couple of years but offers plenty to like in the more immediate term. *One Star*
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