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.Today, the winery sits on a 45 acre estate in Sonoma County's, Russian River Valley. Thirteen miles from the Pacific Ocean, Dehlinger benefits from a unique terroir. The vineyard itself is composed of two soils, Goldridge and Altamont, which express themselves distinctly in the wine. The fine sandy loam Goldridge soil, yields fruit forward, aromatic Pinot Noir and Syrah, while the gravelly, fine sandy loam Altamont soil produces more taught, deep, dense wines. Where the fruit from these two soils was previously bottled homogeneously, under an Estate label.