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Dry Creek Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Creek Valley 2012

External Review by We Speak Wine:

WINEMAKER COMMENTS: The 2012 vintage is a true standout. The even ripening conditions and near perfect sugar acid balance in the grapes was a winemaker’s dream. The Bordeaux varietals flourished unlike any vintage in recent memory. This impeccable wine displays wonderful aromatics of cherry, black currant and black olive notes. Additional airing reveals dried floral, allspice and hints of nutmeg and juniper. The palate is full-bodied and fleshy with excellent tannin and structure. The wine is silky and smooth with superb balance - something we work tirelessly to achieve. The finish lingers on showing great texture and charm. BLEND: 88% Cabernet Sauvignon 4% Petit Verdot 3% Malbec 3% Merlot 2% Cab Franc BARREL AGING: 20 months in French & Hungarian oak; 20% new oak pH: 3.74 TA: 0.63g/100mL Alc: 14.5%

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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

External Reviews for Dry Creek Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Creek Valley

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
06/28/2016

WINEMAKER COMMENTS: The 2012 vintage is a true standout. The even ripening conditions and near perfect sugar acid balance in the grapes was a winemaker’s dream. The Bordeaux varietals flourished unlike any vintage in recent memory. This impeccable wine displays wonderful aromatics of cherry, black currant and black olive notes. Additional airing reveals dried floral, allspice and hints of nutmeg and juniper. The palate is full-bodied and fleshy with excellent tannin and structure. The wine is silky and smooth with superb balance - something we work tirelessly to achieve. The finish lingers on showing great texture and charm. BLEND: 88% Cabernet Sauvignon 4% Petit Verdot 3% Malbec 3% Merlot 2% Cab Franc BARREL AGING: 20 months in French & Hungarian oak; 20% new oak pH: 3.74 TA: 0.63g/100mL Alc: 14.5%


External Review
Source: WineExpress.com
11/18/2015

Started back in the early 70's by David Stare, Dry Creek Vineyards is a pioneering winery in this region of Sonoma. Known back in the day for Zin and Sauvignon Blanc they quickly expanded their offerings to excellent Chardonnays and Cabernets. This 2012 Cab is sourced entirely from Dry Creek Valley, a region generally thought to be warm for Cabernet. With careful sourcing from hillside vineyards where the cool nights and foggy mornings balance the bright sunlight that bathes the valley. They're able to find beautifully ripe and exceptionally balanced Cabernet grapes. Of course 2012 was a near perfect vintage. This wine is a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec, 3% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc aged 20 months in French & Hungarian oak; 20% new. Wine Enthusiast Magazine named it an Editors Choice with a 91 point score saying "This wine over-delivers a mouthful of juicy quality vis-a-vis price, combining Cab with smaller dabs of Petit Verdot, Malbec, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Savory blackberry and cassis lift the fruitiness, seasoned in savory tones of black tea and cranberry that give it an edge. Fleshy and smooth, it’s a good wine to stock up on."




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