Wine was purchased from Vinfolio. Perfectly stored. Corks even looked like they were pushed in yesterday. All that being said and having had to force myself to plow through almost a case of this wine over the past year and give some bottles away just to get it out of my cellar...I don't know what the hell other people are tasting and actually believing in this notion that overripe California Pinot can actually age well...this is way over the hill, disjointed, super ripe borderline undrinkable similar to an old overripe Zinfandel. All bottles showed the same. I really wanted to like this and it's not a knock on the producer but typically when you age a wine and wait and wait to taste it in hopes that it's slowly gaining complexity and will reward you and your company with a wonderful elegant tasting experience...well, it's disappointing but not surprising. Drink these wines young and don't believe all the home biased bullshit that these actually age well, they don't. It's just the truth. If you want a complex, intriguing, elegant drinking experience from an aged wine, then drink the three B's; Burgundy, Bordeaux and Barolo. Sorry to rant and pick on Dehilinger (it's really nothing personal) but sometimes you just gotta call it what it is and cut the bullshit.
Our bottles of this wine have aged nicely. Purchased on release directly from Dehlinger. A nice dark cherry, blackberry nose appeared upon opening. The color was a dark ruby red with very little bricking. Plenty of dark fruit on palate with a medium length pleasant finish. The acidity was perhaps a bit high but overall we thought it was very enjoyable with our dinner.
Medium-dark red color with medium transparency. Spiced berry nose with blackberry, cherry, cinnamon, nutmeg, and some loamy elements lurking. Palate is starting to show more tertiary elements with loam, mushroom, and sous bois underlying the cherry, raspberry, and cinnamon notes from the wine's youth. Overall, enjoyable, but not the best showing of this I've had. Drink or hold.
The wine is a dark ruby in color. Black cherry and baking spice on the nose. Cinnamon, cranberry, cherries, cola, brown sugar, tea and minerals on the palate. The wine has vibrant acidity and great texture. The finish is long and sweet. Drink over the next 2-3 years. I urge you if you have some recent vintages of Dehlinger Pinot Noir to stick them in the back of your cellar and let them age for up to 10 years. You will not be disappointed.
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(Dehlinger Pinot Noir Estate) Group's #3 (my #6) – 68 pts; 4, 1, 3, 0 - medium cranberry red color with pale meniscus; oak, berry, tart cherry nose with subtle green note; tart cherry, cinnamon, stemmy palate with green notes; medium finish
(Dehlinger Pinot Noir Estate) Group's #4 (my #3) – 57 pts.; 1, 3, 1, 0 – medium red violet color with pale meniscus; mature, tart red fruit and mineral nose; tart red fruit, cranberry, roses, cinnamon, rhubarb and rosehips palate with medium acidity; medium-plus finish 91+ pts.