Friday, June 6, 2014

Dry Creek Vineyard 2013 Dry Chenin Blanc, Clarksburg

There’s only one problem with the wine in this photograph – my wife drank most of it, leaving precious little for my enjoyment. That’s understandable with something as refreshing as the Dry Creek Vineyard 2013 Dry Chenin Blanc.
Chenin Blanc is a French white wine grape that shines in sparklers from Vouvray and also is well known in South Africa, where it is sometimes called Steen. Whatever you call it, the Green Dragon really loved this wine.
It’s a classic summer sipper with crispness and fragrances of peach and melon. On the palate there is apple and citrus along with minerality.
To make up for almost shutting me out of this delicious bottle, she prepared a gourmet meal of broiled Asiago dusted Mahi-Mahi with a cannelini, power greens and bacon ragout. With the Chenin Blanc, it was absolutely stunning!
Dry Creek Vineyard has been producing Chenin Blanc with grapes sourced from Clarksburg since the early 1980s. It shows in the delicate, Loire Valley inspired flavors. This is a perfect food wine, as I discovered.
The wine is fermented in stainless steel, so it retains its crispness and the flavors are not concealed by oak. It’s a food friendly wine that is also wallet-friendly. It is a paltry $12. That’s not much when it can be the perfect pairing for a meal fit for a king.
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