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2013 Dehlinger Altamont Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.9% alc., $70. This wine comes from the hilltop sections of the Dehlinger Estate Vineyard where Altamont soil predominates. The wines generally show darker fruit flavors and aromas of baking spices. A small percentage of whole cluster is included. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. This wine is lush with flavor in the typical Dehlinger style, but has laser-like clarity and balance. The nose leads with aromas of Bing cherries, sous-bois, baking spices and oak cask. Soft in the mouth, with luscious flavors of black cherry and boysenberry framed by cashmere tannins. There is a deft sprinkling of oak in the background and a finish bright with cherry flavor. This wine was significantly better two days later from a previously opened and re-corked bottle which predicts age ability. Score: 92. Reviewed June 5, 2015

Winery: Dehlinger Winery
From article: Sips of Recently Tasted Sonoma County Pinot Noir