From Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The ever reliable Tom Dehlinger continues to turn out some of the most fairly priced wine in all of California... Dehlinger’s Pinot Noirs have an enviable track record of aging well for at least a decade even in challenging vintages. One does not generally think of the Russian River area as prime Cabernet Sauvignon territory, but in certain vintages, Dehlinger’s Cabernets can be amazing. Moreover, they sell for about 50% less than comparable Cabernets from Napa Valley."
2011 Dehlinger Pinot Noir Goldridge
Rating: 91-93 (Barrel Sample)
The 2011 Pinot Noir Goldridge Vineyard bristles with energy. Dark raspberries, flowers, spices and crushed rocks jump from the glass. There is a sense of focus and pure tension in the 2011 that is highly appealing. Savory, saline notes appear on the finish, adding further brightness. This is a promising wine from Dehlinger. -A.G.
2011 Dehlinger Pinot Noir Altamont
Rating: 90-92 (Barrel Sample)
In 2011, the Pinot Noir Altamont Vineyard has more volume and breadth than the Goldridge. Rich, sumptuous and pretty, the Altamont graces the palate with expressive black fruits and a layered personality. All the elements fall into the right place. The seamless, beautiful integrated finish is impossible to resist. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2021. -A.G.
2010 Dehlinger Chardonnay Estate Unfiltered
The 2010 Chardonnay Estate is captivating in its beauty. All the elements are very nicely balanced in this soft, textured Chardonnay. Tropical fruit, lemon and pastry are some of the many notes that take shape in the glass. The 2010 is rich and expressive, but not at all heavy. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2016. -A.G.
2010 Dehlinger Pinot Noir Goldridge Vineyard
Dehlinger's 2010 Pinot Noir Goldridge Vineyard bursts from the glass with black cherries, cola, mocha, licorice and sweet spices. A rich, forward, voluptuous wine, the 2010 is surprisingly open at this stage. It is an excellent choice for drinking over the next few years. Hints of sage and a host of savory herbs at complexity on the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018. -A.G.
2010 Dehlinger Pinot Noir Altamont Vineyard
The 2010 Pinot Noir Altamont Vineyard is considerably fresher and more vibrant than the Goldridge. Here the aromas and flavors are quite floral, while the fruit tends to the redder side of the spectrum. Wonderfully alive in the glass, the 2010 is a model of elegance and pure beauty with a clean refined finish. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2020. -A.G.
2010 Dehlinger Syrah Goldridge
The 2010 Syrah Goldridge is drop-dead gorgeous. Juicy black cherries, flowers, mint, licorice and mocha all jump from the glass. There is a purity to the fruit in the 2010 that stands out. This is going to be a fascinating wine to follow over the next few years. Still it is impossible not to love the 2010 today. Varietal notes abound, including hints of savory herbs, crushed rocks and white flowers. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2020. -A.G.
2010 Dehlinger Syrah Altamont
The 2010 Syrah Altamont emphasizes overt fruit more than complexity, but it is just as inticing. Dark red berries, flowers and spices all flesh out in this racy, expressive wine. The Altamon is all about fruit and immediacy, whereas the Goldridge is a wine of greater complexity. Both are engaging and immensely pleasing. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025. -A.G.
2010 Dehlinger Syrah Frei Road
The 2010 Syrah Frei Road is an infant. The wine closes down quickly in the glass, but not before showing glimpses of its ultimate potential. Vibrant and intense, the 2010 is clearly built on a core of bright, delineated veins of acidity. Black fruit, violets and white pepper are some of the nuances that make an appearance, but ultimately the 2010 is a wine of energy and steeliness. It should be pure magic in another few years' time. This is another great shwoing from Tom and Eva Dehlinger. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025. -A.G.
2010 Dehlinger Claret
The 2010 claret is quite different from previous vintages in that it includes 30% Syrah Goldridge, which gives the wine a sense of structure and tannin that is a bit unusual for this bottling. Racy and dark in its introspection, the 2010 is likely to require a few good years in the bottle before it starts showing well. Olives, black cherries, sage, rosemary and licorice are all woven into the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025. -A.G.
2010 Dehlinger Cabernet Sauvignon Estate
Althought the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon is still recovering from its recent bottling, it appears to have outstanding potential. Black cherries, freshly cut flowers, cloves and mint all add considerable complexity. Today, the tannins are quite dominant, so readers should plan on cellaring the 2010 for at least a few years. There is serious depth and power here. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2015. -A.G.
2010 Dehlinger Petite Sirah Guadagni Bros Vineyard
The 2010 Petite Sirah Guadagni Brothers is just as intense as it was last year. A huge, powerful wine, the 2010 boasts plenty of intrigue. Layers of dark, varietal fruit build towards the super-intense, full-bodied finish. I can't say the 2010 is subtle, but it sure is beautiful. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2020. -A.G.
2009 Dehlinger Chardonnay Estate Unfiltered
The 2009 Chardonnay Estate emerges from the glass with lemon, citrus, white flowers and spices. This mid-weight, gracious wine impresses for its balance, energy and understated personality. I loved it. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2019. -A.G.
2009 Dehlinger Pinot Noir Goldridge Vineyard
The 2009 Pinot Noir Goldridge Vineyard is a juicy, forward wine loaded with expressive dark red fruit, sweet floral notes, licorice and French oak. This plump Pinot Noir is best enjoyed over the next few years, while the fruit retains its juiciness. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019. -A.G.
2009 Dehlinger Altamont Syrah
The 2009 Syrah Frei Road, from the Martinelli's Zio Tony Ranch, is tremendous. A huge, explosive wine, the 2009 is endowed with serious power and pure voluptuous pleasure. Dark cherries, plums, spices and licorice all come to life in this inky, muscular Syrah. The 2009 is an impressive first effort from one of Sonoma' top sites. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024. -A.G.
2009 Dehlinger Claret
Dehlinger's 2009 Claret is surprisingly rich and bombastic. Dark black fruit, savory grilled herbs, graphite, menthol and licorice all jump from the glass. Though very much an extrovert, the 2009 possesses fabulous balance and plenty of harmony. Anticipated maturityL 2014-2024. -A.G.
2009 Dehlinger Cabernet Sauvignon Estate
The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon is quite similar to Claret this vintage in that it shares the wine's extroverted, boisterous personality. Black fruit, mocha, tobacco, incense and sweet spices all add complexity. Sweet dark layered and pretty, this voluptuous Cabernet Sauvignon should drink well with minimum cellaring. There is a lot to like here, but the wine needs time to peak. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024. -A.G.
2008 Dehlinger Chardonnay Estate Unfiltered
The 2008 Chardonnay Estate offers even more popcorn, white currant, citrus blossom and steely, mineral-like notes along with a richer, full-bodied mouthfeel, excellent acidity and an elegant yet authoritative style. Consume it over the next 2-4 years.
2008 Dehlinger Pinot Noir Goldridge Vineyard
The 2008 Pinot Noir Goldridge Vineyard reveals aromas of rose petals, sweet strawberries and black cherries and underlying loamy soil notes. This medium to full-bodied, complex, seductive 2008 Pinot can be drunk now or cellared for 7-10 years.
2008 Dehlinger Pinot Noir Estate
The flagship Pinot, the 2008 Pinot Noir Estate, comes from the finest hilltop parcels in his beautiful Russian River vineyard. Its dense plum/ruby color is followed by a perfumed nose of forest floor, and sweet black raspberries, black cherries and plums intermixed with a hint of Asian spice. Fleshy and medium to full-bodied with silky tannins, good acidity and purity, it demonstrates a commitment to intelligent winemaking. These wines are never over-oaked or extreme in any fashion. The 2008 Pinot Noirs continue Dehlinger’s nearly unbroken record of success with Pinot that started in the mid-seventies.
2008 Dehlinger Cabernet Sauvignon Estate
The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate comes across as quite round and plush. Ripe, silky tannins frame the refined finish. In 2008, the Estate is not meaningfully more complex than the Claret; in fact, over time the Claret may prove to be the more interesting wine. The Estate is made in a forward style that emphasizes aromatic expressiveness and layered fruit. A blast of dark red berries lingers on the close. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2018.