Dry Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County 2006
Notes on the Leo Steen Chenin Blanc Saini Vineyards Dry Creek Valle 375 Ml 2006 : WINEMAKER NOTES: The 2006 Chenin Blanc was created with the idea that it would be a delicious food friendly wine. With aromas of fresh hay a clean and crisp acidity is complimented by its delicate green apple, citrus, and white peach flavors. LEO STEEN CHENIN BLANC SAINI VINEYARDS DRY CREEK VALLE 375 ML 2006
External Reviews for Dry Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County
"Rating: 86/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the August 2010 issue. We like this wine's insistent black-cherry fruit
Rating: 86/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the August 2010 issue. We like this wine's insistent black-cherry fruit, and we like its impressions of both vitality and fine depth, but it wanders a little too far to acidy stiffness as it crosses the palate and ends with a faint, close-to-subliminal sourness that winds up costing it higher ranking.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Cellar for future drinking. Wine will improve with bottle aging.
This is one of the wines that must have presented a particular challenge to Bill Knuttel when he was brought in to overhaul winemaking at Dry Creek Vineyard. The fruit is from a completely different appellation and doesn’t fit Knuttel’s focus on Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Zinfandel. Not only that, the owners of the winery wanted to keep producing all their whites in a decidedly French style – and the retail price target on this bottling was less than $12.Somehow Knuttel found a way to make a New World Chenin Blanc that combines the best of the Loire and the San Joaquin Valley – and still fits comfortably into his portfolio of Dry Creek Valley bottlings. (He claims that Clarksburg and Dry Creek Valley are a lot alike climatically, but I’m betting on the winemaking.) The aromas are subtle when the wine’s cold, but once you get it in your mouth there’s surprisingly big body, viscosity and assertive acidity. This 100% Chenin Blanc brings pineapple along with the crisp green apples, and as you might guess that combination makes for a clean, fresh finish. Highly recommended.
Lots of rich, extracted blackberry, cherry and currant flavors in this wine, with nuances of sweet, smoky oak and considerable spices, especially toward the finish. The distinguishing feature is the tannins. They're dry and pretty astringent, although a well-marbled steak will rise to the challenge. - S.H.
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