Owner(s) David Hejl, Ernie LeRoy, Lee LeRoy
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Proprietor and winemaker David W. Hejl launched DELLA wines with fellow founders, his sister and brother-in-law, Lee and Ernie LeRoy. DELLA honors their mother, Della Winifred Dale, who died long before her time.

Hejl developed a passion for fine wine working as a waiter, sommelier and chef while in school, but found true inspiration living in Paris. He has been crafting Pinot Noir since 2010 and the first releases are scheduled for 2014. The winery will focus on Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast and will be sold through a mailing list.

Reviewed Wines

2013 DELLA Keefer Ranch Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

A real standout and not surprising as this vineyard is the source of so many grand Pinot Noirs that it is deserving of grand cru status. This wine is very polished and appealing with mid weight flavors of iced cherries, spice and sandalwood. Still a bit tightly wound, but promises a great future. Score: 92-94. Reviewed April 4, 2015 ARTICLE »

2013 DELLA Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

A very solid offering reflecting the Russian River Valley propensity for luscious Bing cherry fruit, cola and spice character. Well-crafted, with good lift and finishing drive. Score: 90-91. Reviewed April 4, 2015 ARTICLE »

2013 DELLA Terra De Promissio Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

A vineyard in the Petaluma Gap sourced by Kosta Browne for several years. · More earthy, feral and floral than the RRV offering, with substantial tannins making it less accessible at this early juncture. Score: 90-91. Reviewed April 4, 2015 ARTICLE »

2012 Della Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., pH 3.56, TA 0.62, 200 cases, $60. Aged 15 months in 47% new French oak. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Plenty of black cherry and raspberry aromas are matched with smoky, toasted oak. Impressive attack and finish, with a plethora of well-ripened black cherry, raspberry and plum fruits that demand attention. The tannins are nicely integrated and the wine drinks easily now. For my taste, there is far too much oak at play, but some will find this enviable and it may ameliorate over time in the bottle. Score: 90. Reviewed August 15, 2014 ARTICLE »

2012 Della Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

14.5% alc., pH 3.35, TA 0.61, 150 cases, $60. Wente selection sourced from Charles Ranch. Aged 15 months in 40% new French oak. · Moderate golden yellow color and clear in the glass. Minty and herbal upon opening with toasty oak evident and very little fruit. The fruit aromas never arrive over time in the glass and the nose remains nondescript. Moderately rich and plush on the palate with a creamy mouthfeel. The core of citrus fruits is buried in oak-driven notes of caramel, vanilla and toast. The heavy oak burden is just not to my taste. Score: 86. Reviewed August 15, 2014 ARTICLE »