Sunscreen, check. Charcoal, check. Hawaiian shirt, check. There’s one more item that should be on your checklist for summer fun: Dry Creek Vineyard Fumé Blanc.
Fumé Blanc is the term coined by Robert Mondavi for Sauvignon Blanc decades ago. Some believe that his shrewd marketing led to establishing Sauvignon Blanc as the second most popular white wine in California behind Chardonnay.
Dry Creek Vineyard in Healdsburg has mastered Sauvignon Blanc. They were the first to plant the variety in Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley and offer several varieties including the Fumé Blanc and two single vineyard Sauvignon Blanc.
Of the bunch, the Fumé Blanc says fun. This wine introduced me to Sauvignon Blanc. It is 100% Sauvignon Blanc and 100% accessible to wine lovers of any experience level.
The wine is light straw in color. The nose can detect the classic aromas of citrus and cut grass. On the palate there is lively acidity, tasty minerality and flavors of grapefruit, lemon and lime. The body is light and crisp.
DCV Fumé Blanc is stainless steel fermented to keep its fresh flavors. It’s an enjoyable wine from the time it is opened until the last golden drop, and ideal for a warm summer’s day. At $14 you’ll have plenty of folding money left to purchase your picnic supplies.
Rating: 3 of 5 Value: 4 of 5
Full disclosure: This wine was received as a marketing sample.