The Trifecta of Dry Creek Vineyard

The Trifecta of Dry Creek Vineyard

An old friend from Dry Creek makes a wonderful Cabernet Sauvignon

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I have written often about Dry Creek Vineyard, located in the Dry Creek AVA (American Viticultural Area) of Sonoma County. These fine people are never satisfied. The wines go from strength to strength, the quality of late has blossomed further due to some great vintages, yet they still keep their prices modest and affordable. What a trifecta! Today’s wine is their “regular” bottling of Cabernet Sauvignon, and it’s a winner. A wine that blossoms in the glass and will reward some cellaring if you’re in the mood. Otherwise, enjoy tonight!

2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Dry Creek Vineyard $26

Dark garnet color with a slightly lightening rim. The nose is a concentrated joy, with compact berry, cherry bark, loamy earth, mushroom and smoke elements. This really speaks of its origins in Dry Creek with dreamy richness and chocolate overtones. Flavors are medium-bodied, generous and very satisfying. Its youth contributes to a fairly one-dimensional mouthfeel, but no lack of personality. Long lingering flavors of dark berries and cherry persist. (82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 2% Merlot) Drink now-2022.

91/100 points

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Arturo Ciompi
Trained as a classical clarinetist and conductor, Arturo plied his trade for many years in New York, performing with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, New York City Opera, the American Symphony and countless chamber music groups. While living in Durham, Arturo became the wine manager at two iconic gourmet stores: Fowler’s in Durham and Southern Season in Chapel Hill. He had a wine spot on NPR in the ’90s and has been a continuously published wine journalist since 1997. He has won national awards for his work and is currently writing for Durham Magazine and its weekly blog, “Wine Wednesdays”. In addition, he loves teaching the clarinet. Read more on his website.