Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Dry and Delicious and Inexpensive

Since it was founded in 1972 Dry Creek Vineyards in Sonoma County in California has been consistent in several things.  One of the things they've been most consistent at is producing a dry Chenin Blanc that is affordable and easy to drink.  Not only have they made this wine for all these years, but the style has remained consistent - stainless steel fermented and aged. 

The grapes for this particular wine come from Clarksburg in the Sacramento Delta where Chenin Blanc seems to do extremely well.  The wine is bright and happy with honeysuckle and melon aromas and a crisp flavor to match those aromas.  Uniquely different than chardonnay and sauvignon blanc and happily so.  It washed down some steamed cod with sesame oil, lemongrass and ginger flavors and did just as good a job with some cheese the next day.  Great value.

2011 Dry Creek Vineyards, Clarksburg Chenin Blanc.  12.5% alcohol and a true bargain at $9. 

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