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Dry Creek Vineyard Dry Chenin Blanc Clarksburg Wilson Ranch 2016

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86 points Wine & Spirits: This smells breezy and floral. It's more weighty in its texture, with a broad, sweet-spicy apple chutney flavor that will match pork schnitzel. (Jun 2017) At first swirl, aromatics of white pear, pineapple and banana spring forward from the glass. On the palate, the wine is refreshing with flavors of mandarin, melon and white pear. The mouthfeel is lively and refreshing, and has a subtle creaminess. 100% stainless steel fermentation guarantees fresh fruit character. This classic, Loire Valley-style wine is excellent when paired with fresh oysters, seafood, or just about anything. Alcohol 13.0%.

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Color: White
Varietal: Chenin Blanc
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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: RandyFisher
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3.50 5
03/13/2018

Floral and fruity on the nose. Peachy and fresh with a note of minerality on the medium length finish.


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

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01/14/2017

GROWING SEASON: The 2016 harvest began with a relatively even growing season after welcome winter rains helped to alleviate the drought conditions. The entire ripening season enjoyed cooler than average daytime highs and cold nights – perfect for developing complex aromas and flavors. Harvest arrived earlier than usual, with a slightly smaller yield of exceptional quality fruit. September brought morning cloud cover and beautiful days with temperatures cruising along in the mid-80s, which led to delicious ripe flavors with lower sugars and higher acidity. WINEMAKER COMMENTS: This beautiful wine is wonderfully consistent vintage after vintage. At first swirl, aromatics of white pear, pineapple and banana spring forward from the glass. On the palate, the wine is refreshing with flavors of mandarin, melon and white pear. The mouthfeel is lively and refreshing, and has a subtle creaminess. 100% stainless steel fermentation guarantees the fresh fruit character that fans of this wine have come to appreciate over the years. This classic, Loire Valley-style wine is excellent when paired with fresh oysters, seafood, or just about anything! RESIDUAL SUGAR: 0.4 g/L PH: 3.67 TA: 6.5g/100mL ALCOHOL: 13.0%


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Vintage: 2015 06/28/2016

WINEMAKER COMMENTS: This beautiful wine is wonderfully consistent vintage after vintage. For over 25 years our Chenin Blanc has come from the Wilson Ranch in the Clarksburg appellation of the Sacramento Delta, allowing us to produce an expressive, nuanced and delicious wine. At first swirl, aromatics of white pear, pineapple and banana spring forward from the glass. On the palate, the wine is refreshing with flavors of ripe tangerine and peaches. The mouthfeel is lively, but rich and has a subtle creaminess. 100% stainless steel fermentation guarantees the fresh fruit character fans of this wine have come to appreciate over the years. This is the quintessential wine to pair with fresh oysters, Asian cuisine or just about anything! ALCOHOL: 13.0% RESIDUAL SUGAR: 0.4 g/L PH: 3.67 TA: 0.62g/100mL



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86 points Wine & Spirits: This smells breezy and floral. It's more weighty in its texture, with a broad, sweet-spicy apple chutney flavor that will match pork schnitzel. (Jun 2017) At first swirl, aromatics of white pear, pineapple and banana spring forward from the glass. On the palate, the wine is refreshing with flavors of mandarin, melon and white pear. The mouthfeel is lively and refreshing, and has a subtle creaminess. 100% stainless steel fermentation guarantees fresh fruit character. This classic, Loire Valley-style wine is excellent when paired with fresh oysters, seafood, or just about anything. Alcohol 13.0%.

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