You would have to search hard to find a Chenin Blanc that lived up to the quality this wine brings to the table. Mouth watering and juicy, it has a perfect balance of acidity and residual sugar (0.6%) to make it a perfect food wine or standalone sipper. It has a good amount of zingy melon, tropical and peach notes making it ideal for slightly sweet vegetables like yams and corn to deep-fried coconut shrimp or mild fish and game hens. This is a very versatile wine with many pairing possibilities. Just remember to veer from dishes that include heat (think jalapeno or heavy black pepper), greens or sweet desserts.
And on a side note, most California vintners have given up on Chenin Blanc. I’m glad Dry Creek Vineyards continues to crank out stellar examples of this grape. Even with the difficult 2011 growing season, the viticultural team managed to pull off a harvest that produced a spectacular showing of grapes with perfect ripeness, and for that, I commend them. This is definitely a best buy coming from a quality producer. Drink now through 2014.
Rating: Excellent (90) | $12 | 12.5% ABV