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Dry Creek Chenin Blanc Clarksburg Dry 2011

Winemaker's Notes:

Fragrant aromas of pineapple, white peach, melon and citrus leap from the glass. A few swirls reveal an underlying minerality, even some chalky notes, which are an ode to the variety’s Loire Valley roots. The palate expresses soft apple characters, zesty citrus and a wonderful sense of balance and freshness. A perfect patio sipper, Chenin Blanc is summertime in a bottle!

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 Chenin Blanc Clarksburg Dry

External Review
Source: WineExpress.com
12/17/2014

Started back in the early 70's by David Stare, Dry Creek Vineyards is a pioneering winery in this region of Sonoma. Known back in the day for Zin and Sauvignon Blanc they quickly expanded their offerings to excellent Chardonnays and Cabernets. This 2011 Cab is sourced entirely form Dry Creek Valley. 83% Cabernet, 11% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 1% Malbec, fermented 28 days in stainless steel the aged 18 months in French, American and Hungarian oak;30% new. Wine Review Online scored it 94 and it received a Platinum Medal and 94 in the Critics Challenge Wine Competition. They said "It's hardly a surprise that Dry Creek Vineyard should make a dynamite Cabernet at this price. It has long been among the best value wineries in California, consistently turning out wines of superior quality at prices that are modest by comparison to others in the same neighborhood. This one shows intense red fruit character, hints of spice and firm backbone. And it's going to be hard to beat the price with this sort of quality."


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
01/27/2015

The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon speaks to the cool growing conditions of the vintage. Late summer rains had us go through an extreme berry selection process to ensure the highest quality fruit. This wine displays beautiful aromatics of bright red cherry, red raspberry and dried thyme qualities that mingle with darker elements of black cherry, espresso and cassis. The palate is full of ripe fruits that mold seamlessly with tannins that are refined and beautifully balanced. Full of nuance and delicate character, this wine will age for an extended period and should only continue to get better with time. - Winery BLEND: 83% Cabernet 11% Merlot 5% Cabernet Franc 1% Malbec BARREL AGING: 18 months in French, American and Hungarian oak; 30% new oak ALCOHOL: 13.5% pH: 3.71 TA: 0.57 g/100mL



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Fragrant aromas of pineapple, white peach, melon and citrus leap from the glass. A few swirls reveal an underlying minerality, even some chalky notes, which are an ode to the variety’s Loire Valley roots. The palate expresses soft apple characters, zesty citrus and a wonderful sense of balance and freshness. A perfect patio sipper, Chenin Blanc is summertime in a bottle!

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