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2003 Dehlinger Winery Chardonnay Estate 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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2003 Dehlinger Winery Chardonnay Estate Russian River Valley

Producer: Dehlinger Winery
Style: White Wine
Grape Type: Chardonnay
Origin: California
Region: Sonoma

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88 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2006

($30) Fairly pale yellow. Estery aromas of flowers and minerals, with a hint of nut meal. Ripe and fresh, with stone fruit and mineral flavors and a building nutty character. Slightly edgy on the back end. I find this a bit firmer than the 2002 version.

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