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Dry Creek Vineyard Merlot Sonoma County 2005

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Ripe plums, smoke, and spices on the nose with a hint of wintergreen. Rich and soft in the mouth with fine tannins. Residual Sugar 0%

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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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06/10/2008

Two and a half glasses


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: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesOur Merlot features aromas of ripe black cherries, berries and a fruit forward palate of black fruit, cocoa and brown sugar/cinnamon spice. The addition Cabernet Franc creates depth in the wine's structure that carries through to a long finish.


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

Sonoma Harvest Fair 2008 - Bronze Medal


External Review
Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesOur Merlot has a rich bouquet of plum, cedar and lush notes of cherry which give way to flavors of dried cherries, berries and a bit of spice. A mouthfilling and full-flavored wine with medium, soft tannins followed by a lingering finish with hints of vanilla. Pair with pork or lamb, or lay down for additional aging time.


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

Sonoma Harvest Fair 2008 - Silver Medal



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Ripe plums, smoke, and spices on the nose with a hint of wintergreen. Rich and soft in the mouth with fine tannins. Residual Sugar 0%

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