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2010 Dry Creek Fume Blanc
April 6, 2012 - Norman Bentley
It was so good a couple of decades ago, that the Chardonnay Queen and I served it at our wedding. The 2010 Dry Creek Fume Blanc brought back memories of that great taste, the same, only different, We had a bottle last night with grilled steelhead, and it was wonderful. Now I am not sure whether I can tell the difference between steelhead and salmon, but I do know a good Sauvignon Blanc, when I taste one. The "Wine Spectator" scored this one an 88. I may be prejudiced due to past experience, but I give it a 91.
The bouquet literally leaps out of the glass and attacks your senses with aromas of apples and lemon zest. The flavors abound with orange and lemon, surrounded by granny smith apples, and a trace of that Sauvignon Blanc classic grassiness. The combination of citrus and apple continues into a crisp finish, with lingering capability, despite the lack of oak. This wine is 100% stainless steel fermented and has an alcohol content of a pleasant 13.5%.
This Dry Creek has been the California leader in Sauvignon Blancs since the seventies and continues its reign with the 2010 vintage. It was teriffic with grilled steelhead and would be a first choice for a picnic, with either cold chicken, or just fruit and cheese.
Price: $11 - $15
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