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Dehlinger Cabernet Sauvignon Russian River Valley Estate Bottled 1998

Winemaker's Notes:

The vintage was very kind to hillside wines. The heat provided as much ripeness as necessary to fully ripen tannin while the elevation helped circumvent the extremes of the strongest temperature spikes. This true ripeness manifests itself in a saturated black/garnet hue with opening notes of classic Cab character: scorched earth, blueberries, sweet tobacco and black currants. There's a sweetness to the nose that follows through on the palate with more red, blue and black fruit flavors, sweet cream, pain grille and cassis. The structure of the site comes up only in the very end to help prolong the finish and give focus to the perfectly round fruit. Cabernet Sauvignon (79%), Syrah (11%), Petit verdot (4%), Cabernet franc (3%) Malbec (2%), Merlot (1%)

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Dehlinger:
The grapes for Dehlinger Wines are all grown on our Estate Vineyard in the Russian River Valley. The initial vines were planted in 1975 and followed by subsequent planting through the early 1990s. We are currently initiating a vineyard redevelopment on several of our vineyard blocks. In-house Vineyard Manager Marty Hedlund has been over-seeing the 45 acres of vines since 1988. Hedlund works wit... Read more
The grapes for Dehlinger Wines are all grown on our Estate Vineyard in the Russian River Valley. The initial vines were planted in 1975 and followed by subsequent planting through the early 1990s. We are currently initiating a vineyard redevelopment on several of our vineyard blocks. In-house Vineyard Manager Marty Hedlund has been over-seeing the 45 acres of vines since 1988. Hedlund works with the vineyard crew to ensure that each area of the vineyard is appropriatedly pruned, managed, and thinned to bring out the potential of each peice of soil. The entire vineyard has been retrained to a "lyre"-shaped split-canopy, vertical shoot-positioned trellis system which allows for superior light penetration to the fruiting zone and systematic hand care. Read less

External Reviews for Dehlinger Cabernet Sauvignon Russian River Valley Estate Bottled

External Review
Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

Wine Spectator ReviewRipe and well-balanced, with juicy plum, blackberry and black cherry fruit that's elegant, rich and well-defined. Avoids being overly herbal or tannic, though a touch of bell pepper comes through on the finish. Drink now through 2007.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/16/2009

The 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate (670 cases) was harvested in late October, and represents only 40% of Dehlinger's crop. The wine is excellent. It is sweet and rich, with abundant black fruits, an... Robert Parker. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 1998 Dehlinger Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml



The vintage was very kind to hillside wines. The heat provided as much ripeness as necessary to fully ripen tannin while the elevation helped circumvent the extremes of the strongest temperature spikes. This true ripeness manifests itself in a saturated black/garnet hue with opening notes of classic Cab character: scorched earth, blueberries, sweet tobacco and black currants. There's a sweetness to the nose that follows through on the palate with more red, blue and black fruit flavors, sweet cream, pain grille and cassis. The structure of the site comes up only in the very end to help prolong the finish and give focus to the perfectly round fruit. Cabernet Sauvignon (79%), Syrah (11%), Petit verdot (4%), Cabernet franc (3%) Malbec (2%), Merlot (1%)

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