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Dry Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County 2006

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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

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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
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Member Reviews for Dry Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County

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Snooth User: aronowm2
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3.00 5
02/08/2010

well done but a tad on the expensive side for what it is. should be $15.


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
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3.00 5
04/11/2010

Tasted at UNLVino 4/10/10


Snooth User: drift75
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3.00 5
07/30/2008

Three glasses


External Reviews for Dry Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County

07/05/2011

"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


11/12/2010

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.


External Review
Source: Appellation America
10/16/2008

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.


External Review
05/17/2010

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.


External Review
04/14/2010

WE: 88 Points


External Review
02/28/2009

Produced in the Classic Loire Valley Style. Made in California.



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

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