The picnic area was good, we visited much better, the hosts were friendly and helpful, but quite busy, the servings were more a catch as catch can, and in some sense more relaxed than the others. It was the wines themselves that sold all of us on Dry Creek Winery.
Here is a small sample of the Dry Creek wines we tasted:
Taylor's Vineyard 2013 Sauvignon Blanc Musqué Clone,
$25.00, 93+ points, was the best 2013 Sauvignon Blanc out of the fifty six Cali SBs I tasted. More a Sancerre with peripheral fruit, depth, and overall crisp refreshing complexity.
Dry Creek Valley 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, $18.00, 89+ points, was a good example of a Cali SB, fragrant, crisp, acidic, and refreshing.
The Dry Creek Mariner (2012), $45.00, 95 points,
was one of those red wine I've always wanted to taste, but until our visit wasn't able to. This Bordeaux styled red wine (56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 8% Malbec, 8% Petit Verdot, and 3% Cabernet Franc) was as good a red wine for $45.00 you're be likely to find anywhere. It was aromatic, unctuous on the palate, appropriately acidic with layers of smooth and firm tannins, and having a complexity of balanced flavors with a long cerebral finish.
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