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HISTORYDry Creek Vineyard Signature Wines 2011 Dry Chenin Blanc
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!

DRY CREEK VINEYARD     3770 LAMBERT BRIDGE RD     HEALDSBURG, CA 95448     707.433.1000     FX 707.433.5329     DRYCREEKVINEYARD.COM
BLEND 100% Chenin Blanc
HARVEST DATES September 13, 2011
FERMENTATION  Stainless steel fermented at an average of 55˚F for
approximately 30 days
pH 3.53
TA 0.63g/100mL
SOILS Flat, sandy delta soil
VINE AGE 10 years on average
YIELDS 6-7 tons per acre

SRP: $12

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Dry Creek Vineyard Signature Wines 2011 Fumé Blanc

2011 Fumé Blanc


Technical Data:

Sonoma County

September 16 – October 4, 2011

Stainless steel fermented at an average of 52˚F for about 30 days

Barrel Aging:


Total Acidity:


Residual Sugar:

Aging Potential:
3 – 5 years

Winemaker Comments:
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.

SRP: $14

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Two Delightful Whites From Different Parts of the Worlds for $20 and Under.

The World Is Your Winelist

Whitehaven® 2010 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Whitehaven 2010 Marlborough Sauv Blanc 750ml

The Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc 2010 embodies the quintessential Marlborough style: Full-flavored and medium -bodied with fragrant notes of citrus, gooseberry and ripe tropical fruit followed by freshly cut herb undertones. A brilliant straw color, this rich and elegant wine refreshes the palate with a clean, crisp, long finish. We recommend enjoying our 2010 Sauvignon Blanc while it is young, but the wine is capable of developing nicely over the next two years if carefully cellared.

Established in 1994, Whitehaven Wine Company is a small, privately-owned winery located in Blenheim, New Zealand. Whitehaven winemaker, Sam Smail, has earned a reputation for turning our brilliant, distinctive and critically acclaimed premium Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir from the world renowned Marlborough region of New Zealand. Located across the Wairau and Awatere Valleys of Marlborough, New Zealand, our Sauvignon Blanc vines are pruned to four canes each and trained along our standard trellis system, with vertical shoot positioning for maximum exposure to sunshine and fresh breezes. The canopy is carefully manicured to achieve open, healthy vines which produce balanced, full-flavored fruit during the growing season.

Viticulture Notes
Although it did not appear promising to begin with, the 2010 season outperformed the superb 2009 vintage in the Marlborough region of New Zealand. The latter half of the growing season experienced high temperatures and ripening advanced rapidly, delivering the harvest on time. From late December on the season was warm and dry. The harvest was short and sharp, rarely interrupted by rain, providing for stunning structure, amazing depth and flavor along with balanced ripeness.

Winemaking Notes
The fruit was machine harvested in cool evening conditions, destemmed, must chilled and lightly pressed with minimal skin contact. The free run juice was settled to achieve a high degree of clarity. The clear juice was fermented in upright stainless steel fermenters with selected yeast strains to preserve the inherent fruit flavors. Winemaking techniques and handling were reduced to promote the natural fruit flavor and intensity found in Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.

Varietal Content:
100% Sauvignon Blanc
Varietal Origin:
Marlborough, New Zealand
Titratability Acidicity:
Alcohol Level:
Residual Sugar:

Wine Description
Vibrant peach, tropical fruit and gooseberry aromas and freshly cut herb undertones. A brilliant straw-colored wine with lemon tones, this wine refreshes the palate with a long, clean finish.

This wine is superior to others that sell for a few buck less and the smooth balance, gentle acid and easy-going fruit prove our point. A real delight with sushi, oysters, goat cheese and chicken.

Whitehaven 2010 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc = $20.00

Martin Codax® 2010 Rías Baixas Albariño

Region: Rías Biaxas, D.O.

Martin Codax 2010 Rias Baixas Albarino 750ml
In the local Gallego language of Galicia in Northwest Spain, the name Rías Baixas means “the lower fjords, referring to the narrow fingers of deep water that stretch far inland. The white Albariño grape thrives in this region of rains and mists. Locally, Albariño is called “the wine of the sea” (and is, unsurprisingly, a perfect match for seafood).

Produced under the stringent rules of the Rías Baixas Denominación de Origen (DO), Martín Códax Albariño is thoroughly food friendly, and designed to be consumed young. This is an aromatic wine, elegant, dry and crisp on the finish. The key aromatic and flavor notes are pear, passion fruit and apple. Acidity is bright and integrates well with aromatic elements into a balanced whole.
Albariño stands on its own as an aperitif but reaches its glory stage when matched with food. This is not only because of the firm acidity, but also because of the wine’s mouth-engaging fullness. Seafood, poultry, light salads, and lightly-sauced pastas are only a few of the many possibilities.

Viticulture Notes
The summer of 2010 was on the hot side with little precipitation. Following an excellent flowering season, we saw correspondingly high yields and good ripening among the grapes, all the while maintaining desirable levels of acidity (and lower levels of malic acid). These conditions were ideal for the production of a well-structured, well-balanced Albariño with floral and stone-fruit notes.

Winemaking Notes
Winemaker: Katia Alvarez
For this 100% Albariño wine, grapes were hand-picked in mid-September 2010. Grapes were de-stemmed but not crushed, which allowed whole berry membrane pressing to preserve varietal character. After juice settling, fermentation occurred in stainless steel at 18º Celsius for three weeks. Approximately 15% of the blend was allowed to undergo malolactic fermentation, leading to enhanced flavor complexity while preserving the acidity. Following fermentation, the wine underwent light sur lie aging for four months, with no oak contact.
Varietal Content: 100% Albariño
Varietal Origin: Rías Baixas
Titratable Acidity: 0.65g/100ml
pH: 3.34
Alcohol Level: 12.82%
Residual Sugar: 0.25g/100ml

Wine Description
A refreshing food friendly white wine, crisp, elegant and dry, showing aromas and flavors of pear, passion fruit and apple with bright acidity.

We love the wines of Spain and this is one of our secret favorites. Always dependable, you’ll feel like you are drinking a wine worth double the price. Enjoy it with seafood paella, poultry, veal and oysters.

Martin Codax 2010 Rias Baixas Albarino = $15.00

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