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Dry Creek Vineyard Chenin Blanc Clarksburg Dry Chenin Blanc 2008

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The 200 acres of estate owned vineyards are the foundation for the winery. Fundamentally, the family understands that great wines begin in the vineyard. This philosophy is an ideal marriage for winemaker Bill Knuttel, as he spends most of his time in the vineyard. Each harvest Bill can be found walking vineyards, row by row, to ensure that the grapes are ripening perfectly. Bill’s meticulous approach to vineyard management allows him to use the highest quality grapes for our wines. After all, a wine can only be as good as the fruit in the vineyard. If the fruit is bad there’s a pretty good chance the wine won’t be very good either. Utilizing careful viticultural practices and maintaining long term relationships with growers all contribute to producing these world-class wines. The 2008 Chenin Blanc is the first vintage in a screw cap and with a vineyard designation. At first swirl, inviting aromas of citrus, peach and tropical fruit leap from the glass. On the palate, the wine is simply refreshing and delicious, following the tropical fruit theme while displaying excellent acidity. This Chenin Blanc is balanced from start to finish and is the perfect aperitif wine.

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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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Snooth User: aronowm2
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4.00 5
06/25/2012

Threw some filet mignon on the grill and paired it with this beast.This wine goes really well with medium-well and up. the crispy outside of the steak balances out the tannins. Definitely decant this for an hour or so before dinner. you won't regret it!


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
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3.00 5
04/11/2010

Tasted at UNLVino 4/10/10


External Reviews for Dry Creek Vineyard Chenin Blanc Clarksburg Dry Chenin Blanc

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
05/17/2010

Chenin Blanc can be a little vegetal and green beany, but Dry Creek's is as fruity as a fine Sauvignon Blanc. Like that variety, it has crisp acidity, showing citrus, wildflower and vanilla flavors. And like the label says, it's bone dry. - S.H.


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
01/03/2013

The 2008 Dry Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon displays elegant aromas of raspberry, sage and dried flowers. On the palate, the flavors intermingle with black cherry and chocolate creating a mouthful of silky, well-integrated tannins. With some airing, the wine fleshes out even more providing dimension, depth and length. The finish lingers on for more than a minute with fine tannins that are very elegant and structured. Simply delicious! - WineryBLEND: 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 4% Malbec, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet FrancAPPELLATION: Dry Creek ValleyHARVEST DATES: September 15 - October 3, 2008ALCOHOL: 14.4%BRIX Average: 23.9FERMENTATION: 17 days; pumped over twice dailyPH: 3.76TA: 0.55BARREL AGING: 20 months in French, American and Hungarian oak; 35% new oakSOILS: Mainly hillside fruit with both eastern and western facing sun exposureVINE AGE: 15 - 20 years on averageYIELDS: 3-4 tons per acre


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
04/14/2010

WE: 86 Points


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
07/13/2013

The 2008 Dry Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon displays elegant aromas of raspberry, sage and dried flowers. On the palate, the flavors intermingle with black cherry and chocolate creating a mouthful of silky, well-integrated tannins. With some airing, the wine fleshes out even more providing dimension, depth and length. The finish lingers on for more than a minute with fine tannins that are very elegant and structured. Simply delicious! - WineryBLEND: 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 4% Malbec, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet FrancAPPELLATION: Dry Creek ValleyHARVEST DATES: September 15 - October 3, 2008ALCOHOL: 14.4%BRIX Average: 23.9FERMENTATION: 17 days; pumped over twice dailyPH: 3.76TA: 0.55BARREL AGING: 20 months in French, American and Hungarian oak; 35% new oakSOILS: Mainly hillside fruit with both eastern and western facing sun exposureVINE AGE: 15 - 20 years on averageYIELDS: 3-4 tons per acre ** SOLD OUT **



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The 200 acres of estate owned vineyards are the foundation for the winery. Fundamentally, the family understands that great wines begin in the vineyard. This philosophy is an ideal marriage for winemaker Bill Knuttel, as he spends most of his time in the vineyard. Each harvest Bill can be found walking vineyards, row by row, to ensure that the grapes are ripening perfectly. Bill’s meticulous approach to vineyard management allows him to use the highest quality grapes for our wines. After all, a wine can only be as good as the fruit in the vineyard. If the fruit is bad there’s a pretty good chance the wine won’t be very good either. Utilizing careful viticultural practices and maintaining long term relationships with growers all contribute to producing these world-class wines. The 2008 Chenin Blanc is the first vintage in a screw cap and with a vineyard designation. At first swirl, inviting aromas of citrus, peach and tropical fruit leap from the glass. On the palate, the wine is simply refreshing and delicious, following the tropical fruit theme while displaying excellent acidity. This Chenin Blanc is balanced from start to finish and is the perfect aperitif wine.

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