2016 Dry Creek Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Dry Creek Valley

Highly perfumed but with the heft of tropical fruits

2016 Dry Creek Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Dry Creek Valley

Eighty-three percent Sauvignon Blanc, 12 percent Sauvignon Blanc Musqué clone, and 5 percent Sauvignon Gris, fermented mostly in stainless steel but with 15 percent treated to acacia, chestnut, and French oak barriques.

According to Wine Grapes (Robinson, Harding, Vouillamoz), Musqué is a golden-hued clone, “richer, rounder, and sometimes more floral or freshly tropical and less feline” than its standard counterpart, while Sauvignon Gris contributes a “heady perfume and a bit of weight.”

The body of this wine is nearly colorless but, as predicted, highly perfumed, yielding decadent floral notes of jasmine and honeysuckle. Lime peel and pith and fresh herbs brighten it, while the midsection gets anchored by ripeness and tropical fruits: pineapple and Meyer lemon.

Still, it’s a wine with gleaming edges. I enjoyed it with goat cheese.

14.5% abv | $20 (sample)

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