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2003 Dehlinger Pinot Noir Estate

  • 91 WA
  • 90 IWC
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir

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SKU: 49261-2003-750

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90

    ($45) Medium red. A bit blacker on the nose than the Goldridge sample, with a note of dark raspberry and good thrust. At once superripe and sappy, with generous dark raspberry and spice flavors. This conveys a small-berry feel and an impression of solid extract. Finishes concentrated and persistent. Dehlinger vinified this cuvee with a small percentage of whole berries.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2006
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 91

    The 2003 Pinot Noir Estate, from Dehlinger's hilltop vineyards, is a lush, textured effort revealing sweet black cherry, raspberry, plum, and allspice notes, a lush, medium to full-bodied palate, sweet tannin, and a distinctive opulence as well as earthiness.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Burghound | Rating: 89

    This is a very attractive effort that remains entirely pinot in character, from the spicy red fruit nose to the fleshy, generous and sweet medium full flavors that possess good if not outstanding complexity that continues onto the lingering finish. This is not as yet overly deep but has the potential to develop it with a few more years in bottle.
    Author: Allen Meadows
    Issue: 3rd Quarter, 2006
  • Self | Rating: 75

    Not good at all. The first bad bottle from Dehlinger that we've ever had. Wonderful nose and aroma, but the wine itself is flat, metallic, and tastes like a $8 of cheap plonk.
    Author: jmsenger

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Collector Data For This Wine

  • 194 bottles owned
  • 39 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 75
    (Out of 39 collectors)