Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Dry Creek Chenin Blanc 2007

Dry Creek Chenin Blanc 2007
Origin: Clarksburg (Sacramento Delta), California
Blend: Chenin Blanc (100%)
Alcohol Content: 12.5%
Bottle Closure: Natural Cork
Purchase Date: June 2009
Purchase Price: $10.99

Our review: Medium gold in color and very lightly fragrant with an aroma of blended tropical fruit and slight sweet spice notes (almost floral but not quite). Nicely balanced on the palate but surprisingly weak in flavor, the wine has an extended, complex finish that adds a woodsy, spicy character and stone-like dryness.

Our rating: Several years ago we tried this wine and maybe we're remembering it more fondly than we should, but we were somewhat disappointed here. It's certainly an adequate wine, but equally certainly not a memorable one. It's rather hard to pair; we're thinking pork would be best; mild Asian cuisines might work as well. Definitely not your run-of-the-mill chenin blanc, and probably one worth trying if you're normally put off by the typical sweetness of this varietal. Average, and priced a little on the high side.

Taste profile from the winemaker: "Aromas of honeysuckle, banana, orange peel and tropical fruit burst forward on the nose. The palate is defined by vibrant flavors of green apple, citrus, and melon that mingle with crisp acidity. The finish is harmonious, repeating the tropical fruit theme."

Winery website: Dry Creek Vineyard.

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