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Tuesday
Nov062012

Sonoma Road Trip Stories, Part V: Dehlinger

 

Quad Lyre Trained Vines

By: Sarah Covey | K&L Staff Member

Dehlinger Winery, founded in 1975 by UC Davis trained oenologist Tom Dehlinger and his wife Carole, is located in the heart of 90 acres on a ridge of red gravelly soil in Sonoma County's cool Russian River Valley.  Dehlinger planted the initial 14 acres of the vineyard himself, continuing the planting through 1989; the first vintages were made from purchased Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Zinfandel grapes from other Sonoma County vineyards.

The Altamont and Gold Ridge soils here are very special. From the start, Dehlinger has focused on producing small amounts of hand-worked, barrel-aged wines in a manner that extracts, develops, and preserves the maximum flavor from the grapes in order to best express these unique soils. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon are the primary grapes planted on 45 acres today; Eva Dehlinger, one of the two Dehlinger daughters involved in the family business who works alongside her father in winery operations, would like to see their own Zinfandel planted in the near future.

We had a lovely tour with Eva Dehlinger at the end of a long day. She took us out into the red soil of the vineyards and talked with us about how she became involved in the family business. Eva told us that she joined the family business in part because of her deep love of Sonoma County and also because of her appreciation for the winemaking heritage of her family. The work she does suits her, she says, as it requires diverse skills, working with a broad range of people, and gives her constant puzzles to solve. Dehlinger is a family-operated business, and it has been an honor for her to take part in a project that spans almost four decades. Tom has been a great inspiration for Eva in his unending commitment to the quality of their wine, his insatiable curiosity, his attention to detail, and his ability to have a personal relationship with each and every small lot of wine they make. Eva has tried to incorporate those values into all aspects of her own work at the winery and in the vineyard.

When asked what Eva sees as the future for the business and her role in shaping that future, she shared that even in an established company with the advantages of experience and reputation that Dehlinger has, there is always more to do. She and her sister Carmen have many dreams for leading the company into the future. They are in the process of replanting their vineyard, improving services for the many people who have followed their wines over the years, and making important infrastructural improvements to the property. Her hope for now and for the future is that people appreciate the amount of thought and care that goes into the entire process of making their wines; she assures us their work is truly a labor of love.

                                 Dehlinger Pinot Noir grapes.    Eva tasted us on several vintages from barrel, as well as an interesting recent project- a brandy made in conjunction with distiller Germain Robin! After one harvest where there was plentiful Pinot Noir, they decided to make the wine, and then experiment and see what distillation would do to their Pinot Noir- a one-time bottling of Dehlinger-Germain Robin Brandy. Fun! 

There will be a test on this later... We tasted the upcoming 2011 Chardonnay vintage from barrel, and we were delighted by it! It went through 100% malolactic fermentation, and has an apple, butter, pretty citrus, almost botrytised nose. Gorgeous! Try the 2009 Dehlinger Estate Russian River Chardonnay which we have in stock now to get an idea of how much attention is paid to small lots of wine they produce. Keep your eyes out, too for some of our Old & Rare single bottles that come into stock with us, as well as Auction Lots of Dehlinger wines.

As Eva Dehlinger expressed so passionately, the care they take to hand-craft each wine is apparent in every bottle.

Cheers!

-Sarah 

 

Sarah C. Covey, WSET Certified

Wine Sales Professional

Friday
Nov022012

Keith's Burgundy Hotline: Domaine Odoul-Coquard

Sébastien Odoul (right) with his father and the Coquard brothers.

By: Keith Wollenberg | K&L Burgundy Buyer

Hello Burgundy Lovers,

I am excited to share with you our newest discovery in Burgundy, Domaine Odoul-Coquard.  Young Sébastien Odoul was trained at wine school, and has an elegant style and loves to work in the vineyard, with minimal intervention in the cellar, in order to reveal the terroir of individual sites. Our first purchase was limited to just five wines, but you will not want to miss these wines. I think he is destined for much more fame than he has at present. 

 

2009 Domaine Odoul-Coquard Nuits-St-Georges "Aux St. Jacques"       Price: $43.99

This vineyard is on the North side of Nuits, on the border with Vosne Romanee, just a bit south of Vosne Romanee Aux Reas. This has the rich and charming fruit and concentration you expect of the site and the terrific vintage. It has a black fruited character, with a succulent texture and lovely finish. What's not to like? (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 03/12) . 


2010 Domaine Odoul-Coquard Morey St. Denis "Les Crais Gillon"         Price: $47.99  

This single vineyard Morey comes from a vineyard with fairly deep, well-drained soil, towards the Gevrey side of the village. The domaine farms 0.5Ha, and in 2010 harvested a tiny 14 Hl/Ha, extremely low yield, due in large part to the planting of older pinot fin vines, with extremely tiny berries. It shows rich fruit, focus and a bit of meatiness on the finish. This has lots of both charm and character, and even the recent bottling could not hide the charming fruit.. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 03/12) 


2010 Domaine Odoul-Coquard Chambolle Musigny            Price: $49.95

This comes from a vineyard not far from the Morey border, just below Les Baudes, 1er Cru. It has pretty red fruit notes as the first impression, followed by a recognition of the lovely subtle texture of this wine. The tannins are round and very well-robed in character. Overall, this is charming, attractive, and very much has a lovely Chambolle style, with both richness and elegance. It is, quite simply, lovely. (Keith Wollenberg, 03/12) 


2010 Domaine Odoul-Coquard Morey St. Denis 1er Cru "Les Millandes"          Price: $69.95

This is one of my favorite vineyards in Morey (Grand Crus included!). It is always a bit more supple than the Grands Crus, and more feminine in character. This has a supple and lovely mouthfeel, with terrific energy and drive. The tannins are extremely fine in character, and very well-robed. This is solid and rich, without being at all blocky or backwards. Bravo. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 03/12) 


2010 Domaine Odoul-Coquard Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru "Les Baudes"     Price: $74.99

Chambolle Les Baudes lies directly below Bonnes Mares, Grand Cru, and tends to make a firmer styled wine. But this may be the exception that proves that rule, since it has lovely rich red fruit, an elegant character and a long finish. It shows rich and pretty raspberry and cherry notes and can only be Chambolle. Bravo, Sébastien! Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer (03/12) 


Á Santé

-Keith

 

Mr. Keith WOLLENBERG

Directeur Commercial Bourgogne

K&L Wine Merchants

http://www.klwines.com

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Thursday
Nov012012

Domestic Pinot Noir Tasting Saturday 11/3 in All K&L Stores!

            

This Saturday, November 3rd, we will be hosting our annual Fall Domestic Pinot Noir Tasting in all three K&L stores. These tastings are from noon to 3pm in San Francisco, 1 to 4pm in Redwood City and 3 to 5:30pm in Hollywood. For more details on the tasting taking place at the store near you, visit the event link on K&L Local Events.

The lineup will vary slightly in each store, but here are details about the wines being featured in San Francisco, to give you a sense of what to expect...

2011 Kalinda "Cuvee Reserve" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir  $24.99 The 2011 Kalinda "Cuvée Reserve" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir is a wine we found at one of the best up-and coming wineries in the Willamette Valley. We've carried their wines before and were very excited to see what they were all about. We were certainly impressed, to say the least, with their attention to detail and quality. They pulled out two separate blends for us to potentially bottle under one of our house labels. Surprisingly, Mike and I actually agreed on which we liked best: a blend of Yamhill-Carlton and Ribbon Ridge AVA fruit consisting of five clones that was aged in 25% new French oak.

2011 Brooks Willamette Valley Pinot Noir  $21.99 This bottling from Brooks has been a mainstay of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir for us since the 2005 vintage. The 2011 has arrived, and it's ready to go! Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar wrote of the similarly styled 2010 vintage: "Bright ruby-red. Black raspberry, cherry-cola and peppery spices on the nose and in the mouth. Juicy and precise, with good energy and a gently chewy texture. Finishes on a refreshingly bitter note, with good punch and lingering spiciness."

2009 Cristom "Louise Vineyard" Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir $44.99 93 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is classic Oregon Pinot Noir at its most svelte and stylish. Fresh and clean upon entry, it showcases its raspberry and cherry fruit in a delicate wrap of leaf and bark. The tannins are in perfect proportion; the finish is complex and intriguing."

2009 Brick House "Les Dijonnais" Estate Ribbon Ridge Pinot Noir $49.99 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Pinot Noir Les Dijonnais has a similar aromatic and flavor profile. Spicy, elegant, and nicely proportioned, this suave effort offers a drinking window extending from 2012 to 2021. Doug Tunnell has put in over 20 years of farming at Brick House in the Ribbon Ridge AVA. His vineyards are Demeter-certified biodynamic and he is a non-interventionist in the cellar."

2010 Anthill Farms Anderson Valley Pinot Noir $39.99 Brand new vintage in stock!

2010 Peay Vineyards "Estate" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir $41.99 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Light, bright red. Expressive, seductively perfumed nose evokes wild red fruits, potpourri and Asian spices, with a subtle smoky note in the background. Sweet, palate-caressing strawberry and raspberry flavors show impressive intensity and a weightless quality. The red berry and floral notes carry through on the bright, racy finish."

2010 Larry Hyde and Sons Carneros Pinot Noir $59.99  91 points Wine Spectator: "Supple, graceful and polished, with pure ripe wild berry and blueberry fruit that's elegant and refined. Long on the finish. Succeeds where other Carneros Pinots didn't in 2010. Drink now through 2020."

2009 Joseph Swan "Trenton Estate" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir $54.99 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Bright ruby. Heady, high-pitched aromas of black raspberry, potpourri, Asian spices and minerals, complicated by a smoky topnote. Juicy, sharply focused red and dark berry flavors show excellent depth and vivacity, picking up candied rose and spicecake qualities with air. Seamless, sappy and sweet on the extremely long, red fruit-dominated finish."

2010 Sea Smoke "Southing" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir $69.99 One of the Central Coast's cult Pinots. The fruit comes entirely from the Sea Smoke Estate Vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills, aged for 16 months in 55% new French oak barrels. It's complex and heady, with notes of violets and wild mushrooms, cola, spice and red fruit. Fine tannins and juicy acidity, this is big, even for the vintage, and will age well. 

2010 DuMol Russian River Valley Pinot Noir  $67.99 This 2010 Russian River Pinot Noir from DuMol is a blend of 34% Dutton Ranch, 16% Gunsalus, 12% DuMOL Estate, 10% Abbott, 8% Hansel, 8% Joy Rd, 6% Greywacke, and 6% Sonoma Stage. The clusters were hand-harvested and sorted in the vineyard and again sorted at the winery before native yeast fermentation. The wine then spent 11 months in 35% new French oak.

Cost to Taste: $20.00
Walk in only. Final lineup and pricing subject to change.

Contact your local store for more details!
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