Dehlinger Altamont Pinot Noir 2016
|Region||California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley|
This wine is our flagship and mainstay Pinot noir bottling. The red, clay-rich altamont soil marbled throughout the land was a factor that initially attracted Tom Dehlinger to what was to become the family ranch in the early 1970s. Four decades of winemaking later, we are still fascinated by the strength and character of wine grown in this rare soil type.
The 2016 Altamont Pinot noir, which shows glimmers of ruby, smells of cherry, toffee, and dark raspberry. We find this wine to be balanced and nuanced, with its fruit framed by refined, chalky tannins.
The 2016 Pinot Noir Altamont is a dense, beautifully resonant wine. Next to the Goldridge, the Altamont has quite a bit more textural depth and overall intensity. Super-ripe dark cherry, plum, rose petal, mint and blood orange all run through this expressive, pliant Pinot Noir. Today, the 2016 is quite forbidding. I would give it a few years in the cellar to fully come together. The 8% whole clusters add aromatic top notes, but aren't especially noticeable.
Minerally and filled with plenty of fresh-crushed spice and dried herbal notes to the ebullient dried raspberry, currant and cherry flavors. Cocoa powder accents show on the finish. Drink now through 2022. 1,125 cases made.