2006 Dehlinger Estate Russian River Valley Chardonnay

SKU #1042192

93 points Robert Parker: "The top cuvee, the 2006 Chardonnay Estate, is fashioned from the vineyard’s finest blocks (primarily old Wente clones). A light straw/gold color is followed by aromas of sweet honeyed grapefruit, quince, poached pears, and a subtle touch of white peaches. Medium to full-bodied with steely acidity, excellent depth, a hint of oak, and a long finish, it can be enjoyed over the next 2-3 years." (12/08) 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Light, bright gold. Restrained scents of green apple and pear skin unfurl with air, offering deeper melon and peach qualities. Tangy, sharply focused citrus and orchard fruit flavors stain the palate, picking up floral and herbal character with air. The finish is strikingly pure and bright and repeats the citrus and floral notes. This seems very young, and in need of a year or two to unwind. " (May/June '09) The 2006 Chardonnay displays classic aromas of Gravenstein apples, lime curd, toasted brioche, wet stones and hints of toasted hazelnuts and white flowers. In the mouth the naturally concentrated flavors of the Wente selection are enrobed by it's characteristic oily texture. It drinks well now and will benefit from from short term aging.

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


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Alexander Valley/Russian River

- Among Sonoma County's northernmost appellations, the Alexander Valley AVA acts as a gateway to neighboring Napa to the east and Mendocino to the north. It is a sprawling appellation, with pockets of distinct microclimates and soils, and as such, is home to a variety of wine grapes and styles. Nearly everything grows in the Alexander Valley, though Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the most widely planted grapes. The Russian River Valley lies to the south of Alexander Valley, and is marked by much cooler temperatures and frequently heavy fog. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown here are some of the state's finest and most sought-after. Aromatic whites like Gewürztraminer and Riesling can also be successful, and sparkling wine production has a long history in the area.