1995 Dehlinger Syrah Estate
Russian River, Sonoma, California
 
WB Rating: 91

 
Alcohol by volume: 14.5%
Price at time of purchase: $0.00 (Library wine)
 
Type: Syrah
Principal varietal(s): Syrah

One of my regrets is drifting off the Dehlinger mailing list in a misguided whim of frugality. I've only got a few Dehlingers left in the cellar, but as I open them I'm reminded of just how excellent and consistent this winery is. The '95 Estate Syrah, which I also tasted a few years ago in its more tannic youth, is drinking magnificently now, with the balance to hang in there for years. This wine has the type of lovely, complex perfume that only emerges with age. Ripe blackberry and blueberry fruit, black pepper, and floral notes are layered in the nose and flavors, along with a round, mellow yet still youthful feel in the mouth. - HK 2004-10-23

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