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2008 Dehlinger Winery Chardonnay 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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2008 Dehlinger Winery Chardonnay Russian River Valley

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

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90 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 2011

Bright gold.  Ripe pear and nectarine on the nose, with complicating notes of hazelnut and dried fig.  Deeply pitched orchard fruit flavors are enlivened by juicy acidity, showing very good clarity and a touch of spiciness.  The spice character carries through the sappy, persistent finish, which features a subtle honeyed nuance.  This wine has the power to handle richer foods but its light touch allows it to work with more delicate fare.

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