A Wine for Tonight: 2011 Dry Creek Vineyard Fumé Blanc

By Kori ~ July 12th, 2012.

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 2011 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 <=$20
  • 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.

“The 2011 Fumé Blanc displays an aromatic symphony that leaves one pondering the truly magical characters of the Sauvignon Blanc varietal. The initial aromas fill the senses with a cacophony of pungent grassy, kaffir lime, citrus, white pepper and classic olive aromas. The palate is framed by refreshing citrus and mineral notes that mingle in wonderful harmony with Meyer lemon, Granny Smith apple and orange zest flavors. The grassy elements repeat on the finish with acidity that is both refreshing and brisk.” –Dry Creek Vineyard

2011 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. Lime, grapefruit, lemon, and grass come through on the palate. Dry and light-bodied with crisp acidity and a very long, refreshing 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 $14; Available elsewhere, $8 to $14

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

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