Dry Creek Vineyard – 2010 Dry Chenin Blanc

September 20, 2011

The Facts:

The Dry Creek Vineyard 2010 Dry Chenin Blanc was produced from fruit sourced at the Wilson Ranch in Clarksburg. This wine is 100% Chenin Blanc. Fermentation took place in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks over a period of 35 days.  Just fewer than 10,000 cases of this vintage were produced. This wine is finished in screw cap and has a suggested retail price of $12. Dry Creek Vineyard is located at 3770 Lambert Bridge Road in Healdsburg. They’re open daily from 10:30 AM until 4:30 PM. Private tasting options and tours are available by prior appointment. Check their website for the details or call them at 800-864-9463.

Gabe’s Take:

Quick, name another go to producer for California Chenin Blanc. Stumped you didn’t I? Dry Creek Vineyard has embraced this grape which many others have either ignored or walked away from. There are others making it in small quantities and some blending it. No one that I know of is making pure Chenin Blanc as consistently and at such a budget friendly price as Dry Creek Vineyard. This wine has been amazingly consistent in overall style, quality and value for a very long time. Each year I’m eager to taste the latest vintage to see how it holds up. Every time I shake my head wondering how they do it.

Aromas of apricot and lemon peel fill the nose of this wine along with a hint of lychee fruit. Tons of peach, nectarine, melon and apricot flavors dominate the palate forming a solid code of fleshy white and yellow fruits. Hints of white pepper and lemon ice are present as well. Wisps of honey emerge on the finish which has good length. This is a crisp, juicy, refreshing wine that demands you take another sip.

As I mentioned above this wine has been a remarkably consistent value that delivers quality, vintage after vintage; the 2010 edition is no different. This is a delicious wine that is sure to please any crowd. The screw cap closure also makes it a perfect choice for picnics and other situations where you don’t even want to think about an opener.

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