Dry Creek Valley Sauvignon Blancs To Try This Summer
We don’t want you heading into the summer without recommendations for some amazing Dry Creek Valley white wines to sip and savor. Which of course, leads us to sauvignon blanc. Sauvignon blanc originally hails from the Bordeaux region of France and is an aromatic white grape that produces a dry, crisp taste that can include hints of grass, herbs, flowers, citrus fruits and honey melons. It’s an extremely refreshing varietal for the warmer seasons and is extremely versatile, pairing well with poultry, pork, shellfish, sushi, umami flavors and many more. Below are five sauvignon blancs from Dry Creek Valley vintners that exemplify Dry Creek Valley terroir at its finest.
Dry Creek Vineyard was the first winery to plant sauvignon blanc in Dry Creek Valley, so they’ve been in the business of crafting incredible sauvignon blanc for over 40 years. This wine epitomizes their expertise in growing this wonderfully diverse varietal. At first swirl, the 2013 vintage presents effusive aromatics of honeydew melon, cantaloupe and mango. There are also underlying layers of citrus and a sense of depth and vibrancy that make this wine extremely pleasing. On the palate, the wine is invigorating with fresh lemon-lime, kiwi and grapefruit notes. They blend in 9% Sauvignon Musqué, a unique clonal selection of Sauvignon Blanc, which adds additional layers of tropical fruit and a fleshy, full-bodied mouthfeel. Simply delicious from start to finish! Pairs rather divinely with fresh shellfish or salmon and mackerel.
Fritz Underground Winery 2013 Estate Sauvignon Blanc is the color of sun bleached straw that bursts with aromas of white peach and orange blossom with some underlying mineral notes for the palate. Structured around bright, refreshing acidity, flavors of white peach, tangerine, guava and green apple fill the mouth, finishing with a subtle grassy note that’s not overpowering. With a light and refreshing finish this is the perfect summer white. If you’re looking for a fresh white varietal that’s wonderfully food-versatile, you can’t go wrong with this lovely sauvignon blanc from Fritz.
Gustafson Family Vineyards at 1800 feet elevation above the Dry Creek Valley, represents a unique terroir as the highest elevation estate vineyard and winery in all of Sonoma County. Benefiting from warm summer days and late afternoon Pacific breezes, their Sauvignon Blanc opens with a bouquet of peach and apricot, ripe honeydew melon, and a hint of freshly cut grass. The palate has a faint vanilla creaminess, but finishes with an invigorating dash of acidity that makes it a perfect pairing for fish, poultry, and spring salads.
Mill Creek Vineyards’ Sauvignon Blanc comes from the estate property in Southern portion of Dry Creek Valley that provides ample cool fog from neighboring Russian River Valley. The vines are meticulously farmed to provide ample sunlight to the berries, a technique that results in vibrant sauvignon blanc aromas while balancing all the grassy notes. The wine is bursting with aromas of guava, honeysuckle, & peach, yet balanced with ample acidity featuring flavors of grapefruit, lime, and a touch of minerality. Pairs well with fresh salads and seafood.
Preston of Dry Creek creates scintillating organic and biodynamic wines that you’ll want to drink now, and their sauvignon blanc is no exception. This wine is organically-farmed and natural yeast-fermented and is unquestionably Preston! This wine opens with a bouquet of grapefruit, lime, green apple and a trace of newly mowed grass that has excellent weight and still carries through with a crisp, sustained finish. This precocious wine has an herbal quality that morphs with age into a riper fruit. Pair it with veggie pastas or a summer’s bounty of vegetables: carrots, peas, slivered asparagus, fava beans, spritzed in olive oil and you have all the components for palate bliss.