A Wine for Tonight: 2009 Dry Creek Vineyard Fumé Blanc

By Kori ~ October 14th, 2010.

Would you like a quick suggestion for a good wine to drink tonight (or this weekend) that won’t break your budget and is widely available? Many of our readers have said this is something they would like, so here is this week’s selection, the 2009 Dry Creek Vineyard Fumé Blanc from Sonoma County in California.

Our selection criteria include:

  • A very good Quality rating of >=3.5 stars (out of 5)
  • A price tag of <=$15
  • Must be widely available

Dry Creek Vineyard, founded in 1972 by David Stare, is located in the heart of Dry Creek Valley just outside of Healdsburg, California. Well-known for their Fumé Blancs and Zinfandels, Dry Creek Vineyard also produces a number of other good wines. And best of all, their wines deliver serious bang-for-your-buck. “A great wine at a fair price” was founder David Stare’s mantra, and the family continues to uphold this philosophy. Today, Dry Creek Vineyard is run by David’s daughter Kim Stare Wallace and her husband Don.

“At first swirl, the 2009 Fumé Blanc presents bright aromas of lemon peel and passion fruit. After several minutes in the glass, additional aromas of pineapple and grapefruit shine through. On the palate, the wine continues the refreshing theme of citrus elements, along with a wonderful backbone of minerals that provide dimension and weight to the palate. Subtle, nuanced, and showing true varietal character, this delicious wine finishes crisp and juicy proving again just how versatile Sauvignon Blanc can be.” –Winemaker Bill Knuttel

2009 Dry Creek Vineyard Fumé Blanc (Sonoma County, California): Grape variety: Sauvignon Blanc. Stainless steel fermented. Very pale, straw yellow in color. Aromatic with fresh grass, citrus fruits, and grapefruit on the nose. More grapefruit and lime peel come through on the palate. Dry and medium-bodied with crisp acidity and a long finish.
Quality: 3.5 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 4 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to buy: Received as sample, suggested retail $12; Available elsewhere, $10 to $15

Filed under: A Wine for Tonight, American Wine, California Wine, Sauvignon Blanc, White Wine, Wines Under $15, Wines Under $20, Wines Under $25

Reader's Comments

  1. Bill Smart | October 14th, 2010 at 8:56 am

    Hi All,

    Thanks for the great review and recommendation of our Fume Blanc. Incidently, the 2009 Fume was also #37 in Wine Enthusiast’s Top 100 for 2010. So QPR is certainly the name of the game with this wine.

    Again, thanks for recommending our flagship white wine!



  2. Kori | October 14th, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    Yes, QPR is extremely important, especially in this economy. Keep up the good work. Cheers!

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