2011 Dehlinger "Altamont Vineyard" Russian River Valley Syrah

SKU #1356185 93 points Connoisseurs Guide

Outer quote mark Whatever the challenges that the vintage may have posed, there is little evidence of any difficulty here, and the wine speaks of very deep and defined Syrah fruit with a great sense of implied strength and reserve. It is rich, full and specific with a wealth of spice and sweet oak in league with its concentrated, optimally ripened fruit, and, as is the case with Dehlinger's best wines, it is exceptionally well-balanced for the big wine that it is. It is not abrasively tannic, yet it has the sturdy structure of wine in want of age, and it is should be laid aside for drinking no sooner than five or six years hence. *Two Stars* Inner quote mark (3/2015)

92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Opaque ruby. Sexy, high-pitched black and blue fruit aromas are complemented by smoky Indian spices and potpourri. Supple and expansive on the palate, offering juicy boysenberry and bitter cherry flavors and a hint of licorice. Firms up slowly on the finish, which features silky tannins and suave floral character. I'll bet that this fruit-driven Syrah will be at its peak somewhere around its sixth or seventh birthday. (ST) Inner quote mark (5/2014)

90 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Highlights spicy notes of peppery dill, dried berry and herb, with crushed rock and cedar accents. A complex, graceful style that gains a dash of black licorice on the finish. (JL) Inner quote mark (11/2014)

Price: $39.99

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