Dry Creek Vineyard has been in the Sauvignon Blanc business since its inception in 1972. David Stare’s Fumé Blanc has been a model of Sonoma County viticulture, in the mold of the great whites from the Loire valley of France. The winery now makes another Sauvignon Blanc (and names it such) that uses 100% grapes from the Dry Creek Valley. (10% Sauvignon Musqué – a “musky” clone – is added for depth and character.) Both wines are delicious. The Fumé Blanc is the sippable crowd pleaser. The Sauvignon Blanc demands more attention and pairs magically with fresh fish.
A riot of orange, banana and tropical overtones that are explosive, soft and fun to inhale. The wine is eminently drinkable but has good structure and lift in the mouth. This will serve wonderfully as an all-purpose picnic wine or for lighter grilled fare. Drink now-2014
A nose of citrus, lemon peel, the curious whiff of what some call “cat pee,” and a windswept, fresh herbal feel. The palate is dry with peach sensations followed by crisp acids that feel flinty and provide a most refreshing “cut” on the finish. A wine that relishes food, pair it with mahi-mahi, oysters or veal scaloppine. Drink now-2015
The ancient Frescobaldi Estate in Tuscany has produced wine since the 15th century. Their Brunello Di Montalcino is one of my favorite wines. (I buy it when the budget allows!) But Frescobaldi’s everyday red is consistently tasty and overachieves for its modest price. A blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon, this accessible red pleases greatly and whisks you away, if only fleetingly, to the Italian countryside.
Pale garnet color. Ripe wild cherry nose with leafy violets, sweet earth and slightly jammy impressions. A general “fat” sensation sticks in your sinuses. A smooth, edgeless mouth texture with soft, dried fruit sensations and just enough acidity to clear the taste buds. “Si lascia bere” as the Italians say – it invites you to drink it. Good everyday choice from this venerable producer.