2008 Dry Creek Vineyard Clarksburg Chenin Blanc

SKU #1050375

Fans of this Loire Valley varietal aren't thrown by this wine's moderate price point - they know that great wine can come in a less expensive bottle. Dry Creek Vineyard has been making dry Chenin Blanc for more than 30 years and each vintage they set themselves apart from the masses with this wine. The first vintage sealed with a screw cap, this is refreshing and fresh, with citrus and stone fruit aromas and flavors, bright acidity and a tropical finish.

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By: Mahon McGrath |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/28/2010  | Send Email
I love to see California wines that offer real value for the money, and this '08 Chenin Blanc here is one of them. The alcohol is a pleasingly low 12.5% and it is balanced and fresh, spending no time in oak. The nose delivers a cool, crunchy melon and citrus peel character. In the mouth it goes slightly tropical, with a lush feel underpinned by refreshing acidity, which comes to the fore on the finish. While just a hair off dry, this never seems overtly sweet. I believe this will prove itself to be a versatile white wine, cozying up with lots of different fare.

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Varietal:

Chenin Blanc

- Also called Pineau de la Loire and Pineau d'Anjou. Chenin Blanc is an expressive white French varietal that makes beautiful dry, sweet and sparkling wines. Traditionally grown in the Loire Valley, the wines made from this varietal are typically labeled geographically. Vouvray Chenins are traditionally medium-sweet; Savennières Chenins are typically bright and crisp; Coteaux du Layon Chenins like Bonezeaux and Quarts de Chaume are among the world's most sought-after sweet wines, and the sparkling Chenins of Saumur are perfumed and delicious. What all of these iterations of the grape have in common is their ability to age, a gift bestowed upon them because of the grape's naturally high-acidity.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
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California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
Alcohol Content (%): 12.5