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2000 Dehlinger Pinot Noir Octagon Vineyard Russian River Valley
Last Post 10-05-2010 09:15 AM by Pete. 4 Replies.
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04-17-2003 02:20 AM  
Estate Bottled. 14.5% alcohol. $50. 350 cases produced. This two acre vineyard was planted with the Swan clone in 1982. Medium ruby red colored wine with gushing very Cote de Beaune style aromas of cherry, vanilla, mint, strawberry, slight pain grille, mesquite charcoal, and light herbs. Smooth in the mouth with full ripe fruit flavors and excellent length ending with fruit, slight Epoisses and mint. Delicious to drink now but experience with this vineyard suggests this wine will develop fully over the next five years and hold for a few years thereafter. Tasted blind this wine would be difficult to pick out as Californian in a field of Premier Cru Burgundy (reminds me of a more voluptuous Beaune Clos des Mouches from Drouhin). 90+ points. Not a concentrated or masculine wine but an elegant, gossamer, feminine style of Pinot. The best kind imo.
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01-08-2009 02:45 AM  
Elegant, balanced, and stunning tonight. The raspberry aromas and flavors are still intense. There is a racy acidity that makes this an excellent food wine. It has a couple of years left - decant for an hour and enjoy.
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01-08-2009 08:54 AM  
I had this back in April of 2008 and I agree -- it's phenomenal.
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01-08-2009 10:32 AM  
hear hear - thanks for sharing last year, TJ.
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10-05-2010 09:15 AM  

Decanted our last bottle for about 30 minutes - cherry and spice dominate both the aromas and palate - the tart cherry flavors are not as intense as the last bottle - the fruit seems to have faded as there is a hint of the 14.5% alcohol - nice wine but I'd suggest drinking this one.

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