Monday, August 31, 2015

Dry Creek Vineyard 2014 Fumé Blanc, Sonoma County

20150822_203213Don’t be confused by the name. Fumé Blanc is zesty, flavorful Sauvignon Blanc. This bottle from Dry Creek Vineyard is a favorite value pick.

 

What’s the Difference Between Fumé Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc?

In short, there is no difference. Both wines are Sauvignon Blanc. Decades ago California wine pioneer Robert Mondavi realized that no one was buying Sauvignon Blanc, so he changed the name to Fumé Blanc and sales took off. He decided not to trademark the name, allowing anyone to use it.

The Wine That Put Dry Creek Vineyard On The Map

Since 1972 Dry Creek Vineyard has produced Fumé Blanc. Founder David Stare was the first person to plant Sauvignon Blanc in Dry Creek Valley. The wine is modeled after classic wines from France’s Loire Valley and it is immediately drinkable.

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This Is A Personal Favorite Of Ours

I can’t claim to have tasted Dry Creek’s Fumé Blanc in the 1970s. Back then I had a lot more Stroh’s beer than fine wine. But it was the first Sauvignon Blanc I ever tried, and it was delicious from the first sip.


AWe’re big fans of Sauvignon Blanc and it is right at the top of our list of favorite whites (along with Riesling). California Sauvignon Blanc often lacks the crispness we enjoy in wines from the same grape hailing from New Zealand. DCV Fumé Blanc, however, hits the bullseye.

The wine is fermented in stainless steel, keeping a crisp, balanced flavor. The aroma of cut grass is one of the hallmarks of good Sauvignon Blanc, and it flowed forth from our glass.

A zesty acidity keeps the wine lively. In the glass there are flavors of lemon-lime and tart apple. The wine is dry, but not painfully so.

This Fumé Scores A Very High Quality Price Ratio

Occasionally you’ll see us mention QPR. That’s Quality Price Ratio and translates to “bang for your buck” or value. A great bargain on a wine is no deal if you don’t like it.

The 2014 Dry Creek Vineyard Fumé Blanc is a wine you can pop open in a casual setting or something that a crowd would enjoy with dinner. The name Fumé Blanc conveys fun, and the bottle delivers that at a SRP of only $14.

We’re fans and believe you will be too after your first taste. This wine is widely available.

Full disclosure: We received this wine as a marketing sample.

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