Sunday, October 3, 2021

Dry Creek Vineyard 2019 DCV Block 10 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

Sophisticated Chardonnay rounds out our pasta meal.

Changing Seasons

As the pages flip on the calendar and the seasons change, we know that meals on the patio may be fewer and farther between. The fates intervened and we had a perfect evening. We decided to move our dinner outside.

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The dinner was linguine with white wine clam sauce. Rounding out the meal was a nice spinach sale with mandarin oranges and some homemade beer bread.

For our wine pairing, I selected the 2019 DCV Block 10 Chardonnay. The Green Dragon is not a fan of oaky Chardonnay – but I reckoned this was balanced perfectly and would be ideal for our dish. (Turns out I was right!)

Whole Cluster Goodness

This is a fresh and expressive wine. There are peach and floral notes flowing with minerality. The aging is in 100% French oak with 28% being new oak. That keeps the oakiness at a very refined level – blending nicely and not overpowering the delicate flavors.

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We also dig into the complexity that comes from whole cluster pressing. We enjoy that technique in wines like Pinot Noir and in white wines, it adds character that the juice alone can’t produce. The pairing with the linguine was spot on and, of course, it helped that the sauce was made with the DCV Chardonnay. The only part of the meal that was a bit offbeat was the beer bread. It was slightly sweet and so didn’t really fit with the wine – we enjoyed it all the same.

This limited production with 825 cases and the grapes come from 30 specially selected rows in the vineyard. the winery has since released the 2020 DCV Chardonnay. Cost is $40. It's from one of our favorite AVAs: Russian River Valley in Sonoma. Sophisticated and a great food match!

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