Dry Creek Vineyard’s Fumé Blanc is the wine that first parted the curtain and showed me that Sauvignon Blanc can be a gratifying vino. Back in the mists of time, I tried a bottle of Fumé Blanc (I’m sure I didn’t know what grape it was then) and was pleasantly surprised.
The wine, at the heart and soul of the DCV winery, has been produced since 1972. It is styled after the classic wines from the Loire Valley in France.
This Fumé Blanc is stainless steel fermented with a crisp and juicy style that is ready to “pop and pour” or more accurately, twist and taste. That’s one of the beauties of this wine. You won’t be scratching your head and doing scholarly research to decide if it is a good wine – the first swallow is refreshing satisfaction.
The bouquet balloons out with citrus and green grass. On the palate there is lime and apple mingled with a cool minerality. The acidity keeps it crisp and dry with a satisfying zing.
Dry Creek Vineyard’s 2011 Fumé Blanc is a QPR (quality price ratio) explosion, costing only $14.
It’s a bottle of Sonoma County cool that will please the full spectrum of your dinner party guests.
Full disclosure: This bottle was received as a marketing sample.
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Value: 4.5 of 5