1996 Dehlinger Estate Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 990 cases, $32. Low yields in this vintage. Aged 20 months in French oak. · Slightly cloudy with an orange-brown tinge to the rim in the glass. Wonderful secondary bouquet of plums, blackberries, mushrooms, forest floor and cigar box. Dark fruited and only slightly faded with a background of earth, oak and anise. Still drank well two hours after opening. Impressive. Reviewed September 19, 2009

Winery: Dehlinger Winery
From article: DEHLINGER: Russian River Valley Stalwart