Dry Creek 2010 FUMÉ BLANC and 2010 DRY CHENIN BLANC – CLARKSBURG Excel

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Here is the ideal Fume style wine for summer drinking. Only $12, it has a real Loire character and just the right balance of acid and fruit. Seafood of course is made for its companion, as is cold meat, hard cheese and a cozy terrace and good friends.

HISTORY
Since 1972, we have produced Fumé Blanc – a wine at the heart and soul of our family winery.Modeled after the classic wines from the Loire Valley in France, our stainless steel fermented, no oak style Fumé Blanc is crisp, balanced and immediately drinkable. Winery founder David Stare was the first vintner to plant Sauvignon Blanc in the Dry Creek Valley, and we are proud to carry his legacy forward in producing this classic, dry white wine.

GROWING SEASON
The 2010 vintage may go down as one of the more difficult, challenging vintages of the last decade. With varied growing conditions, it was incredibly important to stay on top of the vineyard ensuring that the canopy was well managed. Late spring rains, a cool summer and then several heat spikes before and during harvest added to the challenge. However, our winemaking and vineyard team really came through, keeping a cool head and bringing in fruit that achieved full ripeness, flavor and balance.

WINEMAKER COMMENTS
This new vintage harkens back to the early days of Fumé Blanc at Dry Creek Vineyard. At first swirl, pungent grassy aromas framed by keffir limes leap from the glass. On the palate, the wine displays racy citrus characters along with granny smith apples, Meyer lemon and orange zest. The grassy elements repeat on the finish with acidity that is both refreshing and brisk.Dave Stare pioneered this style back in 1972 and this wine certainly carries forward all of those old school elements. Simply delicious!
2010 FUMÉ BLANC – SONOMA COUNTY
DRY CREEK VINEYARD 3770 LAMBERT BRIDGE RD HEALDSBURG, CA 95448 707.433.1000 FX 707.433.5329 DRYCREEKVINEYARD.COM
SUGGESTED CALIFORNIA $12/bottle
RETAIL PRICE : $12
PRODUCTION 28,000 cases
RELEASE DATE June 2011
BLEND 100% Sauvignon Blanc
APPELLATION Sonoma County
HARVEST DATES October 4, 2010
ALCOHOL 13.5%
BRIX 22.5
FERMENTATION Stainless steel fermented at an average of 52˚F for about 30 days.
pH 3.36
TA .64g/100mL
SOILS A combination of sand and clay soils, mostly valley floor vineyards
VINE AGE 15 years on average
YIELDS About 5 tons per acre
RESIDUAL SUGAR Dry

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Don’t be narrow minded. This 2010 Chenin Blanc from the Clarksburg appellation is vinified dry, crispy with subtle fruit and a charming (but gentle) spritz at the finish. It is adorable and a steal for just $12 retail. Perfect for summer dining and great with cold chicken, poached salmon, Asian cuisine and a zesty manchego cheese.

Since the mid-1980’s, we have sourced fruit from the Clarksburg appellation in the Sacramento delta. The Wilson Ranch has provided us with delicious Chenin Blanc grapes that express our Loire Valley roots. For us, Chenin Blanc is a passion – one we take seriously. Most California vintners have given up on Chenin Blanc. We believe that Chenin Blanc has a rightful place at the table. It is the perfect aperitif wine, extremely versatile and food friendly, making it one of our most well loved wines.

GROWING SEASON
The 2010 vintage may go down as one of the more difficult, challenging vintages of the last decade. With varied growing conditions, it was incredibly important to stay on top of the vineyard ensuring that the canopy was well managed. Late spring rains, a cool summer and then several heat spikes before and during harvest added to the challenge. However, our winemaking and vineyard team really came through, keeping a cool head and bringing in fruit that achieved full ripeness, flavor and balance.

WINEMAKER COMMENTS
Our winery is widely considered the North American expert of this wonderfully expressive grape. The 2010 Chenin Blanc is summertime in the bottle with whispers of honeysuckle, pineapple, white peach and honeydew melon. On the palate, the wine expresses soft apple notes, cantaloupe, and pineapple, happily mingling with underlying chalky minerality and freshly grated lemon zest that keeps this wine fresh and crisp. Completely delicious, the 2010 Chenin Blanc is just begging to be your summertime favorite!

2010 DRY CHENIN BLANC – CLARKSBURG
DRY CREEK VINEYARD 3770 LAMBERT BRIDGE RD HEALDSBURG, CA 95448 707.433.1000 FX 707.433.5329 DRYCREEKVINEYARD.COM
SUGGESTED CALIFORNIA $12/bottle
RETAIL PRICE  $12
PRODUCTION 9.259 cases
RELEASE DATE June 2011
BLEND 100% Chenin Blanc
APPELLATION Clarksburg
HARVEST DATES September 18 – October 2, 2010
ALCOHOL 13.2%
RESIDUAL SUGAR 0.65% (Dry)
FERMENTATION Stainless steel fermented at an average of 55˚F for
approximately 35 days
pH 3.57
TA .68g/100mL
SOILS Flat, sandy delta soil
VINE AGE 20 years on average
YIELDS 6-7 tons per acre

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