2002 Dehlinger Pinot Noir Estate (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)

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California, Pinot Noir, Red Wine, Russian River Valley, Sonoma, USA


My last of three bottles. Opened two nights ago and revisited today. Looks like cherry juice. On the nose, cherry, tar, earth, smoke, and a hint of tea leaves. Focused cherry and dark berry fruit with some cedar nuance. Smokey, meaty flavors that have some savoriness. Excellent finish with some spice. This bottle is drinking absolutely perfectly right now although I’m sure it would do fine for another 5 years minimum. A big, deep style of Pinot without overly high alcohol or extraction. Best bottle of my lot and I would highly recommend this.

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I am not a professional wine taster, nor do I have any professional training in the wine trade. I am a wine enthusiast who has spent countless hours tasting wines of many different styles. My palate is not aligned with a single wine critic, and I call all wines "as I taste them". My site is a source of tasting notes and wine recommendations as well as warnings without conflict of interest. You'll just have to figure out how your palate aligns with mine. My palate generally tends to veer towards Old-World wines that put a premium on terroir and lovely balance and finesse, rather than raw power...please keep that in mind as you read my notes.

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