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Dry Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Creek Valley 2013

External Review by We Speak Wine:

GROWING SEASON: The 2013 harvest will be remembered as a season of near perfect growing conditions. It was also one of our driest seasons on record. By mid-January, it seemed that Mother Nature turned off the rain spigot. Overall, winter was extremely mild. Spring budbreak was normal with frost of little or no concern. The summer growing season was outstanding with moderate temperatures. A few heat spikes in late May and early June had us thinking it would be an unusually warm summer. However, July, August and September were beautiful with moderate temperatures. Harvest conditions were excellent. Yields were normal and the quality was superb with all varietals achieving optimal ripeness levels. WINEMAKER COMMENTS: The 2013 vintage was “cool” in every sense of the word. We had a very mild summer and a crisp Fall, which allowed the grapes to ripen slowly and fully. It was an abundant harvest so we have lots of delicious fruit. It was also very dry so the grapes had to work extra hard to get water, but stressed grapes often ensure that the best fruit rises to the top. The 2013 vintage is showing lots of lively spice. This wine opens with deep blackberry and currant on the nose with hints of anise. The mouthfeel is gentle, and the finish is lengthy. This Cabernet is very characteristic of a Dry Creek Valley Bordeaux. It offers intensity and richness and reflects the terroir beautifully. BLEND: 84% Cabernet Sauvignon 7% Merlot 4% Cabernet Franc 3% Petit Verdot 2% Malbec BARREL AGING: 19 months in French oak; 38% new oak PH: 3.72 TA: 0.64g/100mL ALCOHOL: 14.5%

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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 Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Creek Valley

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
01/14/2017

GROWING SEASON: The 2013 harvest will be remembered as a season of near perfect growing conditions. It was also one of our driest seasons on record. By mid-January, it seemed that Mother Nature turned off the rain spigot. Overall, winter was extremely mild. Spring budbreak was normal with frost of little or no concern. The summer growing season was outstanding with moderate temperatures. A few heat spikes in late May and early June had us thinking it would be an unusually warm summer. However, July, August and September were beautiful with moderate temperatures. Harvest conditions were excellent. Yields were normal and the quality was superb with all varietals achieving optimal ripeness levels. WINEMAKER COMMENTS: The 2013 vintage was “cool” in every sense of the word. We had a very mild summer and a crisp Fall, which allowed the grapes to ripen slowly and fully. It was an abundant harvest so we have lots of delicious fruit. It was also very dry so the grapes had to work extra hard to get water, but stressed grapes often ensure that the best fruit rises to the top. The 2013 vintage is showing lots of lively spice. This wine opens with deep blackberry and currant on the nose with hints of anise. The mouthfeel is gentle, and the finish is lengthy. This Cabernet is very characteristic of a Dry Creek Valley Bordeaux. It offers intensity and richness and reflects the terroir beautifully. BLEND: 84% Cabernet Sauvignon 7% Merlot 4% Cabernet Franc 3% Petit Verdot 2% Malbec BARREL AGING: 19 months in French oak; 38% new oak PH: 3.72 TA: 0.64g/100mL ALCOHOL: 14.5%




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