Hoo-boy, was the Dehlinger a tasting panel-pleaser. A "complete wine" that "should drink well from now until 2010," it has loads of spice and black-pepper aromas (plus earth, cocoa and graham cracker) and a full, even mouthfeel. Meaty, mixed-berry flavors on the palate are even more complex with dried spices, andise and saddle-leather accents. Finishes long, tart…
Deep pineapple and orange fruit is wrapped in a deep, toasty oak envelope in this Russian River classic. There are complex nutty, leesy, burnt sugar and even vaguely meaty notes on the nose. These open to a big-bodied but earthy and stony palate where bright, citrusy fruit and vanilla accents also vie for attention. Tightly wound, the burnt-toast and mineral finish…
Toasty oak, rich pineapple, vanilla, and orangey-lemony aromas burst from the glass. Richly textured, with custard-like consistency and flavors of crème brûlée. Finishes with clove and other spices and enough acidity to provide delineation and length.
Very pretty, sweet fruit evoked “baked apple,” “strawberry pie” and “cherry-chocolate” descriptors from our panelists. Bright acidity shows with a modest tang. Intriguing sandalwood and citrus notes add interest on the long finish. Has unique elements and a solid fruit platform. Drink now–2006.