For over four decades, Dry Creek Vineyard has produced a Fumé Blanc bottling – one of only a handful of California wineries that can claim such a long track record with the Sauvignon Blanc varietal. The use of the term Fumé, first coined in America by Mondavi in 1968, is a nod to the style of Sauvignon Blanc produced in the Loire Valley of France. Crisper, less ripe and alcoholic, it is a perfect foil for fresh oysters on the half shell.
Light straw in color, this white offers up a mélange of lime, tangerine, lemon, banana apple, peach, crystal minerality, and a light dusting of marshmallow. There is an initial sense of creaminess upon first sip, followed by an explosion of salivating juiciness spreads across the palate.
This humble, inexpensive white is a textbook example of the Fumé Blanc style, ready to serve as an aperitif or paired with freshly shucked oysters. A Value Vino.
MSRP: $14 (June 2016)
Wine Lines rating: 89