Thursday, May 24, 2012
This wine comes from the very first vineyard planted with Sauvignon Blanc in Sonoma County’s famed Dry Creek Valley. It all started when Dry Creek Vineyard’s DCV3 (Dry Creek Vineyard #3) was planted after Prohibition ended.
Today Sauvignon Blanc is the number one planted white variety in Dry Creek Valley. Vines more than 30 years old produce the single-vineyard fruit for DCV’s 2009 Estate Sauvignon Blanc DCV3.
This wine has a complexity that’s lacking in many California Sauvignon Blancs. It has some zesty tropical pop, but stops short of an over-the-top New Zealand style in favor of finesse. The wine has a deep, golden hue and the body is medium.
On the palate there is a delightful riff of pineapple and tropical fruit counterbalanced with acidity and pleasing mineral notes. There is subtle spice in the finish.
There were 252 cases produced and it retails for about $25. The wine was fermented in stainless steel for about 30 days.
DCV3 is PDG (pretty darn good). It’s a Sauvignon Blanc with history and taste and a perfect partner for your seafood entrée.
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Value: 3 of 5
Full Disclosure: This wine was received as a marketing sample.