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2002 Dehlinger "Estate" Russian River Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1170672 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark (14.9% alcohol; from fruit on the upper slopes of the property) Good ruby-red. Black fruits, roast coffee, chocolate, tar and licorice on the nose; a strong note of cassis syrup emerged with aeration. Superripe and sweet, with dense, pliant flavors of currant, black cherry, dark chocolate and loam. Has the mid-palate stuffing to buffer its substantial tannins. Highly successful for cabernet from this estate. (ST) Inner quote mark (5/2005)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark A sleeper, the black/ruby/purple-colored 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate (525 cases) offers a gorgeous perfume of charcoal, creme de cassis, licorice, tar, and wood. Powerful and rich as well as elegant and pure, this amazing Cabernet is somewhat of a surprise considering it emerges from the Russian River, the heart of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay country. It can be drunk young or cellared for 12-15 years. Kudos to Tom Dehlinger, a guy who seems to be content to stay under the radar and simply make an assortment of very fine as well as realistically priced wines! (RP) Inner quote mark (12/2005)

Connoisseurs Guide

Outer quote mark If seemingly young and a bit nervy in aromas, Dehlinger's latest turns out to be a full and supple wine in the mouth whose basic themes are those of black cherries, currants and a wee wisp of milk chocolate. If never too soft, neither is it especially tough in feel, and it affords comfortable drinking without the need for lengthy time in the cellar. *One Star* Inner quote mark (8/2005)

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