Sunday, August 2, 2015

Dry Creek Winery Sonoma California

"Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for it is now that God favours what you do."
Ecclesiastes 9:7.

“Wine is sunlight, held together by water.”
 Galileo Galilei 

  Dry Creek Winery Sonoma California was for us four, just maybe the best overall quality of wines tasted on our tour of wine country, as few of those wineries visited may have been.
  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.

 If you
 are in California wine country and are short on time
 and want to visit at least one archetypical winery,
 let me recommend this one!

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  1. Wow! Now that leading photograph is of 'hens and chicks'!!!

    1. VG: Sorry, but I'm not sure where that particular photo was taken; visiting so many places in such a short time and taking a thousand photos, some things just got jumbled!