Dehlinger Estate Altamont Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018

Founded in 1975 by Carole & Tom Dehlinger, Dehlinger winery is still family owned and operated by their two daughters – Eva Dehlinger & Carmen. The estate is primarily composed of 20+ year old vines that are dry-farmed with a focus on sustainability, producing roughly 3,000cs of Estate Chardonnay & Pinot Noir annually and has been a consistent top player in the Russian River Valley for about two decades now.

Always a critic darling, this is what Antonio Galloni and Vinous had to say about the latest set of releases, “Eva Dehlinger presented a gorgeous set of 2019s. Over the last few years Dehlinger has added an extra dimension of finesse to the wines, and that really comes through in this tasting. These new releases are fabulous.” They’re not even the ones who went gangbusters– Wine Enthusiast went to town on Eva’s latest releases, making them all but impossible to get a hold of…unless you know someone ;).

The 2018 Altamont Pinot Noir is one of the most comprehensive bottlings they’ve ever had, and also one of the most highly decorated. All three critics were unanimous about this incredible RRV single-vineyard Pinot Noir, coming in at 94 points or higher. A rare feat.


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97 Points, Wine Enthusiast
“A depth of berry and baking spice lead the way to a rich and rounded core of expressive varietal complexity and full-bodied weight in this extremely impressive wine. Clove, tree bark and forest accent the length and breadth of the experience, with fresh, high-toned accents of orange peel enlivening the palate.”

95 Points, Vinous
“The 2018 Pinot Noir Altamont has developed into an incredibly elegant wine built on effusive aromatics and bright acids, while shedding some of the youthful intensity it showed a year ago. Crusehd red berries, chalk, mint, flowers and white pepper give the 2018 a striking upper register that works so beautifully here. The clean, bracing finish is so engaging.”

94 Points, Wine Spectator
A svelte and elegant style, with cedary accents to the concentrated core of cherry and raspberry flavors. Shows minerally richness midpalate, followed by a long and pure-tasting finish. Drink now through 2027.

97 Points, Wine Enthusiast – 95 Points, Vinous – 94 Points, Wine Spectator

Like the Grand Cru belt in the Cote de Nuits, a strip of red, clay-rich Altamont soil runs across 5 hilltop plots at the Dehlinger estate. This is where the magic lay. The lots are fermented separately with a small number of whole clusters and aged 18 months in 50% new French oak. The Altamont Pinot Noir is the Dehlinger’s flagship red wine and showcases the complexity and ageability that’s possible in the Russian River Valley. Needless to say the 2018 vintage saw one of the best ever versions of this wine.

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