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Dry Creek Chardonnay 2005

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This wine comes from Russian River Valley, universally recognized as the best Chardonnay location in California. The unique soil and climate here allows Russian River Valley Chardonnays to rival the great White Burgundies of France. Color Light yellow Aroma Dutch apple pie, spice and nutmeg Taste Creamy texture, weighty but balanced acidity 2,492 Cases Grape Variety/Varieties: 100% Chardonnay Alcohol Level: 13.8% Dates Grapes Picked: September 2005 Length/Type of Fermentation: 100% barrel fermentation, 100% malolactic. Length/Type of Aging: 10 months in French Oak barrels, 20% new. Lees stirred every 2 weeks, no sterile filtration. Date Wine was Bottled: July 2006

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Dry Creek Vineyard:
The history of Dry Creek Vineyard is a long and colorful one. Founded in 1972 by David S. Stare, Dry Creek Vineyard paved the way for a renaissance of winemaking and viticulture in the Dry Creek Valley. Before his arrival, the Dry Creek Valley was little more than a few family farms and prune orchards. It was Dave’s vision to start a Loire Valley inspired winery that reintroduced consu... Read more
The history of Dry Creek Vineyard is a long and colorful one. Founded in 1972 by David S. Stare, Dry Creek Vineyard paved the way for a renaissance of winemaking and viticulture in the Dry Creek Valley. Before his arrival, the Dry Creek Valley was little more than a few family farms and prune orchards. It was Dave’s vision to start a Loire Valley inspired winery that reintroduced consumers to the wines of northern Sonoma County. Without a doubt, David Stare is a pioneer. Heading west in the late 1960s, Dave personified the character and work ethic of early Gold Rush pioneers. Educated at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Dave worked for the B&O Railroad for several years but quickly realized that his true calling was in the wine industry. Inspired by his trips to the Loire Valley, Dave headed west to California to start his own family winery. Upon his arrival, Dave began taking winemaking classes at UC Davis as a graduate student. On the weekends, he spent time looking at vineyard land from Monterey to Mendocino. It was during one of those weekend trips that fate drew Dave to the Dry Creek Valley. When he saw an old prune orchard across the street from the Dry Creek General Store, Dave realized that he had found his dream location. He purchased the orchard and began planting vines. Captivated by his memories of Loire-style wines, Sauvignon Blanc seemed destined to figure prominently in the Dry Creek Vineyard portfolio. However, several famed vineyard specialists advised him against planting Sauvignon Blanc. Always defiant, Dave planted the varietal anyway and the rest, as they say, is history. Today, our second-generation family owned winery continues to evolve and grow to meet the demands of a global wine marketplace. The primary mission of our winery is to produce distinctive wines that over deliver on quality. For more than 30 years, this pursuit of winemaking excellence has lead to many international awards and accolades. With a loyal following of wine club members and customers, the future of Dry Creek Vineyard has never been brighter. Read less

External Reviews for Dry Creek Chardonnay

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Source: WineExpress.com
03/20/2009

The Terlato Family brings commitment and passion to crafting world-class wine, carefully selecting vineyards from the most esteemed viticultural areas of California, and limiting production to tiny hand-crafted lots. This wine comes from Russian River Valley, universally recognized as the best Chardonnay location in California. 100% barrel fermented and then aged on the lees for 10 months in French oak. It carries fragrant aromas of Delicious apples, nutmeg and clove, followed by a creamy texture and mouthfilling flavors of ripe tropical fruit, pears and a dose of vanilla all balanced by a fine acidity. Extremely limited.


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Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

Wine & Spirits ReviewDoug Fletcher makes this barrel-fermented chardonnay from vineyards located between Graton and Sebastapol. It has a floral, peach aroma and rich, butterscotch undertones. A round white for blanquette de veau.Wine Tasting NotesLight yellow. Dutch apple pie, spice and nutmeg. Creamy texture, weighty but balanced acidity.



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This wine comes from Russian River Valley, universally recognized as the best Chardonnay location in California. The unique soil and climate here allows Russian River Valley Chardonnays to rival the great White Burgundies of France. Color Light yellow Aroma Dutch apple pie, spice and nutmeg Taste Creamy texture, weighty but balanced acidity 2,492 Cases Grape Variety/Varieties: 100% Chardonnay Alcohol Level: 13.8% Dates Grapes Picked: September 2005 Length/Type of Fermentation: 100% barrel fermentation, 100% malolactic. Length/Type of Aging: 10 months in French Oak barrels, 20% new. Lees stirred every 2 weeks, no sterile filtration. Date Wine was Bottled: July 2006

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