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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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86 Points | Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
87 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2005
($28; made from the portion of the crop that was previously sold off) Good full ruby-red. Aromas of black cherry, blackberry and tobacco. Not complex or particularly deep but sweet, fruit-driven and rather generous. The substantial tongue-dusting tannins arrive late, allowing the fruit a chance to linger. In recent years Dehlinger has been working with yeast strains that are supposed to reduce the vegetal character of cabernet.