Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 2008
95 points / $50
1,050 cases made
Sonoma County, California
Tom Dehlinger was one of the early true believers in Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley. The family’s 45-acre vineyard is on a ridge of red gravelly soil 13 miles inland from the coast. From the start, the emphasis has been on small amounts of hand-worked, barrel-aged wines made with the aim of extracting, developing and preserving maximum flavor from the grapes. This rich, layered 2008, from estate fruit, made a challenging vintage look easy.