Vino Veritas: 1/21/10
Dry Creek Vineyards Fumé Blanc
2007 Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
In 1968 Robert Mondavi, in a fantastic marketing move, wood aged some Sauvignon Blanc and re-named it Fumé Blanc. Nowadays the oak aging is optional, but the name Fumé Blanc is here to stay.
Dry Creek Vineyards is located in the Dry Creek Valley AVA of Sonoma County California. Their Fumé Blanc is of the non-oak aged variety has all the bright grassy, lemon/lime and passion fruit notes that implies. In the glass the wine is almost perfectly crystal clear, showing only a faint golden tint. It has well balanced acidity and is a natural fit for most seafood including sushi.
Bodegas Beronia Crianza
2006 Rioja, Spain
Spanish wines are quickly becoming some of my favorite new finds (I’ve noticed that a disproportionate amount of wines I’ve written about have been Spanish). Not only are they becoming increasingly available in my area but many of them show great quality for their price. This particular wine is from the region of Rioja and is a blend of three grapes: Tempranillo, Ganarcha (a.k.a. Grenache), and Mazuelo (a.k.a. Carignan). Crianza, a Spanish term meaning “upbringing” is an age classification meaning that the wine was aged for a minimum of two years in tank, barrel or bottle. I might be mistaken but I believe that in the Rioja region at least one of those years of aging must be in oak.
The aroma of the wine promises dark fruit backed by toasty vanilla flavors and the wine delivers with cherry, blackberry notes on a nicely spicy background thanks to the oak aging. The finish is nicely balanced with gradually fading fruit and tannins.