Dry Creek Vineyard
David Stare established Dry Creek Vineyard in 1972. It was the first Post-Prohibition production facility to open in the region. The winery makes several wines with a range of varietals. Prices are affordable and quality is high. I frequently drink these wines.
The 2000 Meritage is extremely complex. The Bordeaux varietals mingle with grace and complement each other well. Unlike many single varietal California Cabs, this wine is not overbearing with food.
Choice grapes are used to produce the Dry Creek Vineyard 2000 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2001 Heritage Clone Zinfandel has opulent flavors that jump out of the glass. Old vine cuttings were grafted onto young rootstock to produce the fruit for this wine.
The 2001 Old Vines Zinfandel is a fruit driven wine with a touch of spice. The vines used to make this vintage produce a limited amount of flavorful fruit. The Dry Creek AVA has historically been best known for Zinfandel. The 1999 Reserve Zinfandel is has flavors of spicy berries, and is everything you would expect a premier California Zinfandel to be.
Tropical fruits and citrus dominate the nose of the 2001 Chardonnay. Spice and vanilla linger on the palate. The 2002 Pinot Noir has a beautiful ruby color and vibrant flavors. On the palate, it opens up into a complex wine that with a long, lingering finish. The 2002 Fume Blanc is made in the traditional Sancerre style. This affordable wine pairs very well with light seafood.