Overview of the Wine
When Tom Dehlinger planted our initial 14 acres in 1975, he was one of the first winemakers to revive western Sonoma County as a wine growing region after Prohibition. Twenty-eight years old at the time, Tom built a small winery building with his architect brother Dan on what had been an aging apple ranch on Vine Hill Road, outside of the town of Sebastopol. Soon after, Tom met his wife Carole and the two started a family on the ranch and put their energy into making and selling wine.
In these pioneering days of Russian River Valley winemaking, many fewer people were involved in the industry, and knowledge, resources, facilities, and equipment were primitive or hard to find. Winemaking was physically exhausting and left little time for the experimentation and study needed to advance the craft. But over time, and with energy, trial and error, and some blind luck, we and others came to realize the promise of the Russian River Valley climate and the potential of some of its better hillside soils and locations.
We have been blessed with an outstanding 45 acre site which we planted to classic wine grapes over a 15 year period, and then refined and refashioned with new grafting, improved trellising, and eventually updated plantings. Experience taught us the many intricacies of the terrain and our ambition evolved from making good wine to making truly outstanding wine.
With time, people noticed what was happening at Dehlinger. First, recognition for the quality of our wines was local, and then it spread across the country. Some have discovered us by visiting our winery, others through the discerning restaurants that feature our wines, and still others by reading about us in wine publications. Many have heard about us by word of mouth recommendations from family and friends. A good portion of our customers have been making our wine a part of their lives since the earliest days of the winery. To this day, the following we have gained for our wines is a part of who we are — we thank you, our supporters, for making what we do possible.
Today, Dehlinger remains an independent, family-owned and -operated winery recognized for its consistency and quality. Our focus is entirely on estate-grown grapes from our vineyard on Vine Hill Road, which now has a four-decade-long history of producing exceptional wines. Carmen Dehlinger and Eva Dehlinger, two of Tom and Carole’s daughters, oversee day-to-day operation of both the winery and the vineyard. We continue to invest in our vineyard site, caring for the land and replanting the vines as they age. Our passion for producing hand-crafted wine remains unwavering, and excellence in grape growing and winemaking has become our tradition.
The thin skin of the Pinot noir variety typically results in wines of moderate color, soft tannin, and intriguing flavors. True to form, the 2017 Dehlinger Goldridge Pinot noir emphasizes supple texture and luxurious fruit aromas. Originating from the sandier, lower-lying sections of our vineyards, the Dehlinger Goldridge Pinot noir has become a reference point Pinot noir for the Russian River Valley over the 25 vintages that we have produced the bottling.
Grape / Blend
100% Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, California,
Engaging aromas of red currant, boysenberry and sweet toasted oak.
As featured in this month's Wine Spectator - 95 Points!
95-96 Points - Ian Blackburn - Sept 2020
This is a brand that everyone should know, and frankly, few do. A quiet, shy family that farms, and makes brilliant wines. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir that should be on top of every collector's list...
Pinot specific. Some wines get huge scores for their girth and prowess: massive wines. This is absolutely delicious, a world class wine that should be an ambassador for the varietal. Soft cherry, strawberry and mixed red fruits, elegant spice, truffle, wet leaf, mushroom, with velvety texture, exceptional fruit quality with definitive - terroir and Sonoma nuance. This is glorious wine that has a drink me now button and allows you to age this for about a decade... but who can wait? You might want to buy a few.
Product Size: 750ml