Dehlinger Chardonnay Russian River Valley Unfiltered 2004
External Reviews for Dehlinger Chardonnay Russian River Valley Unfiltered
The unfiltered, steely, Chablis-like 2000 Chardonnay Estate possesses excellent citrus and liquid mineral notes, medium body, subtle oak, and loads of fruit. Crisp and refreshing, it will drink well during its first 2ndash;3 years of life.
The 2002 Chardonnay Estate is a light straw color with hints of pineapple, pear, and other assorted tropical fruits in an elegant, attractive, medium to full-bodied style with a rather restrained, subtle personality. Drink it over the next 4ndash;5 years.
Tight, with a crisp, well-focused band of ripe pear, apple, citrus and mineral, the flavors fan out on the aftertaste, where they show more depth and complexity. Drink now through 2002.
Yellow-gold. Leesy, smoky peach and pear on the nose, with hints of tarragon and toffee (about 15% of the grapes here were botrytized). Medium-bodied and sweet, with ripe orchard fruit flavors and soft acidity. A light baking spice note comes up on the finish. Dehlinger thinks that this is in its prime and notes that andldquo;most California chardonnay is best in its first five years.andrdquo;
Light gold color, unfiltered and pure. A natural, untampered expression of Russian River fruit andmdash; super clean with apple, hints of tarragon and ripe pear. Silky texture, very pleasing mouthfeel with lush, juicy fruits. Balanced with just a touch of oak on the finish. Excellent quality.
One of the finest whites this estate has yet produced is the 2004 Chardonnay Estate (2,200 cases). Its light green/gold color is accompanied by attractive orange and lemon blossom, crushed rock, white currant, and spring flower characteristics. Full-bodied and rich with wonderful acidity (even though it was put through full malolactic), it keeps its fruit and minerality in the foreground, and the oak component (25% new is used) is well-concealed by the intense flavors. This beauty should drink nicely for 3andndash;4 years or longer.