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15 Ratings
Dehlinger Estate Bottled Unfiltered Chardonnay

Wine Details

Varietal

Chardonnay

Style

Red

Wine Description

(2012 Vintage) Our Chardonnay is grown from the California heritage Wente Clone, which produces small clusters and berries and has a notable minerality with an almost oily viscosity. We ferment and age the Chardonnay in French oak barrels with full malolactic fermentation. We planted our Chardonnay vines between 1975 and 1988 on a variety of exposures in Goldridge series soils. Careful leafing allows dappled light to reach the clusters and we thin to balance the crop load.

Expert Reviews
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  • Wine Spectator
    (2012 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 03/25/2015
  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    (2005 Vintage) Elements of ripe apples and green are overlain in the nose by a blanket of rich oak, and the promise of substance is met by the wine's ample flavors. Fairly ripe, a tad ragged and showing a bit of last-minute heat, the wine has the fruit to ensure a few years of age, and aging is recommended as there is still knitting and softening to be done here.
  • International Wine Cellar
    (2005 Vintage) Medium yellow. Stony citrus fruits and toasty lees on the nose, with a riper peach quality arriving with air. Juicy and refreshing, offering spicy pit fruit and melon flavors along with honey and sweet butter. Finishes with very good lift and cut, with the melony quality repeating. I really like the finesse and restraint of this wine.