Dry Creek Vineyard is proud to have produced Dry Chenin Blanc each and every year since their family winery was founded in 1972. For over 30 years our Chenin Blanc has come from the Wilson Ranch in the Clarksburg appellation of the Sacramento Delta. This vineyard has consistently provided delicious fruit that expresses Loire Valley-inspired roots. Extremely versatile and food friendly, it is the perfect aperitif.
The fall and winter rains of the 2020 growing season were slightly below average, but spring rains helped to increase the total rainfall. Heat waves in mid-August and the first week of September set off a fast-paced early stretch of harvest. Two unexpected factors were the Walbridge Fire in August, in a remote forested area, and the Glass Fire in September, located on the eastern side of Sonoma County. Fortunately white grapes aren’t fermented on their skins, making them less susceptible to smoke impact. This, combined with using lighter pressings, resulted in delicious wines with beautiful aromas and flavors.
Fermented in 100% stainless steel barrels, this beautiful wine is wonderfully bright and consistent vintage after vintage. At first swirl, aromatics of honeydew, peach and mango spring forward from the glass with floral notes of orange blossom and honeysuckle. On the palate, the wine has refreshing flavors of watermelon, Meyer lemon and cucumber with hints of white tea and white pepper. The mouthfeel is soft but inviting, with a voluptuous texture. This classic, Loire Valley-style wine is excellent when paired with fresh oysters, seafood, or just about anything!