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Dehlinger Russian River Valley Estate Chardonnay 2013

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In 1975 Tom Dehlinger planted the initial 14 acres of vineyard. From the start, his emphasis has been on extracting, developing, and preserving the maximum flavor from the grapes and producing small amounts of hand-worked, barrel-aged wines. Today their focus is entirely on estate grown wines producing 7000 just cases annually of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Since their first vintage they have enjoyed a national reputation and a loyal following that snaps up every bottle they produce. This Estate Chard is another gem. Grown from the California heritage Wente Clone, which produces small clusters and berries and has a notable minerality with an almost oily viscosity. The Chardonnay vines were planted between 1975 and 1988 on a variety of exposures in Goldridge series soils. Careful leafing allows dappled light to reach the clusters and clusters are thinned to balance the crop load. It's fermented and aged in French oak barrels with full malolactic fermentation. Antonio Galloni scored it 93 points saying "Dehlinger's 2012 Chardonnay Estate is gorgeous. Apricot pit, peach, spices, brioche, butter and hints of honey all meld together in a gracious supple wine endowed with tons of class and personality. Layers of flavor build to the rich, voluptuous finish. This is a classic Russian River Chardonnay built on texture and resonance."

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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

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Vintage: 2012 08/02/2016

In 1975 Tom Dehlinger planted the initial 14 acres of vineyard. From the start, his emphasis has been on extracting, developing, and preserving the maximum flavor from the grapes and producing small amounts of hand-worked, barrel-aged wines. Today their focus is entirely on estate grown wines producing 7000 just cases annually of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Since their first vintage they have enjoyed a national reputation and a loyal following that snaps up every bottle they produce. This Estate Chard is another gem. Grown from the California heritage Wente Clone, which produces small clusters and berries and has a notable minerality with an almost oily viscosity. The Chardonnay vines were planted between 1975 and 1988 on a variety of exposures in Goldridge series soils. Careful leafing allows dappled light to reach the clusters and clusters are thinned to balance the crop load. It's fermented and aged in French oak barrels with full malolactic fermentation. Antonio Galloni scored it 93 points saying "Dehlinger's 2012 Chardonnay Estate is gorgeous. Apricot pit, peach, spices, brioche, butter and hints of honey all meld together in a gracious supple wine endowed with tons of class and personality. Layers of flavor build to the rich, voluptuous finish. This is a classic Russian River Chardonnay built on texture and resonance."


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Vintage: 2011 11/09/2014

Yellow pear supported by excellent minerality and acidity. Light heavyweight with a silky and creamy mouthfeel.


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Vintage: 2008 04/04/2011

A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2008 Dehlinger Chardonnay Estate 750ml


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Vintage: 2008 05/22/2011

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... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2008 Dehlinger Chardonnay Estate 750ml




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