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2001 Dehlinger Winery Syrah East Face Russian River Valley
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About Dehlinger Winery

Founded in 1973 by Tom Dehlinger, a UC Davis graduate, Dehlinger Winery has a rep for quality not quantity. Production here has topped out at about 7,000 cases per vintage, a figure that has risen steadily since the initial 14 acres were planted in 1975.

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2001 Dehlinger Winery Syrah East Face Russian River Valley

Producer: Dehlinger Winery
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Syrah/Shiraz
Origin: California
Region: Sonoma

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90 Points | Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
90 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2004

Bright ruby-red. Very ripe but fresh aromas of crushed black- and blueberry and spicy oak. Sweeter and lusher than the regular estate bottling, with a distinct suggestion of liqueur-like berries complicated by notes of spice and pepper. A more generous wine that conveys an impression of softer acidity, but finishes with firm tannins. If Tom Dehlinger's pinots have frequently struck me as syrah-like, this is syrah in a rather pinot-like style.

91 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Syrah

While the grape is currently grown throughout the world, the most elegant Syrahs still come from the Northern Rhone valley, particularly the appellations of Côte Rôtie, Cornas, and Hermitage. Here, steep, terraced vineyards help produce full-bodied, intense, tannic wines loaded with white pepper and red fruit. In the vineyard, Syrah is largely cooperative- vines are productive, but not overly vigorous. Skins are thick, helping the grape...
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