Friday, October 16, 2015

Dry Creek Vineyard 2014 Wilson Ranch Dry Chenin Blanc, Clarksburg

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The traditional home of Chenin Blanc is the Loire Valley of France. Outstanding versions can also be found in South Africa and California.

Loire Valley Inspiration

Dry Creek Vineyard produces white wines that draw inspiration from the Loire Valley. Their Sauvignon Blanc recalls the carefree, fresh flavors of France. While other winemakers have abandoned Chenin Blanc, DCV continues to produce this versatile and food friendly wine.

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A Summer Sipper Or Oyster Wine

The wine is 100% Chenin Blanc from the Wilson Ranch Vineyard in Clarksburg. The vines average 13 years of age and this wine has 13% alcohol.

While summer left town some time ago here in Northwest Ohio, the 2014 Chenin Blanc helps recapture those golden rays. The wine has nice tropical notes and a freshness that is courtesy of the finish in stainless steel tanks.

This was an after dinner wine for us. Although we enjoyed the peach and floral aromas and its mineral notes, the finish had a slight bitterness. So on reflection, we suggest pairing it with oysters, seafood or maybe a pasta in white sauce.

It is a tasty value at about $12, especially if you want to break out of the Chardonnay rut.

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