Dry Creek Vineyard Merlot Sonoma County 2004

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Untitled Document 2004 Merlot; Two Moon Vineyard, Dry Creek ValleyClub Price $28.00 - Regular Price $35.00 Our Two Moon Vineyard, perched upon a terraced mountain slope nearly 200 feet above the valley floor, has again produced a wine of remarkable depth and complexity. Stressed vines and minimally irrigated in gravelly soil account for the intense fruit flavors and subtle earthy qualities that set this merlot apart from other lowland specimens of the varietal.Heady aromas of creamy vanilla and dusty dark fruit segue into ripe layered fruit flavors of blackcurrant and wild cherry. The wine's distinctive structure—fragrant nose, deep luscious flavors and seamless tannic finish—make it the ideal companion for roast duck, filet mignon, or pasta Bolognese.

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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: Oenophilus
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3.50 5
03/01/2008

This vineyard designate from Dry Creek Valley intrigues me. Its nose features vanilla, cinnamon, clove, but rankles me a little with some pickled jalapeno at the end of the aroma profile. Great dark rich fruits with a focus on cherry, plum, and currants then comes a little reduced beef broth which doesn't really spoil the party so much as to lead us into the green pepper flavor and cayenne spice which continue in the finish framed by nice acid and leaving leathery tannins. I tip my hat to the memory of Stan Simpson - Two Moon Vineyards grower and McCray Ridge winemaker; we will miss him. Our love and support go to his amazing wife, Julie Simpson.


External Reviews for Dry Creek Vineyard Merlot Sonoma County

External Review
Source: Sonoma Harvest Fair
11/24/2008

Sonoma Harvest Fair 2008 - Gold Medal


External Review
Source: Sonoma Harvest Fair
11/24/2008

Sonoma Harvest Fair 2008 - Bronze Medal



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Untitled Document 2004 Merlot; Two Moon Vineyard, Dry Creek ValleyClub Price $28.00 - Regular Price $35.00 Our Two Moon Vineyard, perched upon a terraced mountain slope nearly 200 feet above the valley floor, has again produced a wine of remarkable depth and complexity. Stressed vines and minimally irrigated in gravelly soil account for the intense fruit flavors and subtle earthy qualities that set this merlot apart from other lowland specimens of the varietal.Heady aromas of creamy vanilla and dusty dark fruit segue into ripe layered fruit flavors of blackcurrant and wild cherry. The wine's distinctive structure—fragrant nose, deep luscious flavors and seamless tannic finish—make it the ideal companion for roast duck, filet mignon, or pasta Bolognese.

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