For more than 25 years, we have sourced fruit from the Clarksburg appellation in the
Sacramento Delta. This area has provided us with delicious Chenin Blanc grapes that express our Loire Valley inspired roots. Most California vintners have given up on
Chenin Blanc. We believe this delicious varietal has a rightful place at the table. It is
the perfect aperitif wine, extremely versatile and food friendly, making it one of our
most beloved wines.
The 2011 season was fraught with many weather related challenges. Our viticulture
team however, was up to the task; carefully managing the vineyard and providing us
fruit with near perfect ripeness levels. Winter rains were plentiful and lasted well
into the late spring and early summer. The summer growing season was unseasonably cool. Harvest was temperate and canopy management was a key to achieve optimal ripeness in the grapes. Unwelcome rains came later into harvest – fortunately, much of our fruit was already picked and safely at the winery.
Since our founding in 1972, we have produced a wonderfully crisp, incredibly
refreshing dry Chenin Blanc. The 2011 vintage perfectly represents our love for this
wonderful grape variety. Fragrant aromas of pineapple, white peach, melon and citrus
leap from the glass. A few swirls reveal an underlying minerality, even some chalky
notes, which are an ode to the variety’s Loire Valley roots. The palate expresses soft
apple characters, zesty citrus and a wonderful sense of balance and freshness. A perfect patio sipper, Chenin Blanc is summertime in a bottle!
2011 DRY CHENIN BLANC – CLARKSBURG
DRY CREEK VINEYARD 3770 LAMBERT BRIDGE RD HEALDSBURG, CA 95448 707.433.1000 FX 707.433.5329 DRYCREEKVINEYARD.COM
RELEASE DATE April 2012
BLEND 100% Chenin Blanc
HARVEST DATES September 13, 2011
RESIDUAL SUGAR 0.6% (Dry)
FERMENTATION Stainless steel fermented at an average of 55˚F for
approximately 30 days
SOILS Flat, sandy delta soil
VINE AGE 10 years on average
YIELDS 6-7 tons per acre
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2011 Fumé Blanc
September 16 – October 4, 2011
Stainless steel fermented at an average of 52˚F for about 30 days
3 – 5 years
The 2011 Fumé Blanc displays an aromatic symphony that leaves one pondering the truly magical characters of the Sauvignon Blanc varietal. The initial aromas fill the senses with a cacophony of pungent grassy, kaffir lime, citrus, white pepper and classic olive aromas. The palate is framed by refreshing citrus and mineral notes that mingle in wonderful harmony with Meyer lemon, Granny Smith apple and orange zest flavors. The grassy elements repeat on the finish with acidity that is both refreshing and brisk. This incredible new vintage is an ode to our founding and reminds us of how we got our start – a wine that is classically styled and immediately food friendly at an unbelievably fair price.