Wine Of The Week

WINE OF THE WEEK

October 09, 2002|By Michael Dresser

2001 Dry Creek Vineyard Dry Chenin Blanc, Clarksburg ($9). Once again, Dry Creek Vineyard has come through with a white wine of extraordinary quality for its price. Fans of this wine can only hope that the masses continue to swill chardonnay and ignore the excellent and inexpensive chenin blanc grape, which requires no oak aging to be palatable. This year's version manages to be both very dry and very fruity - with an exotic mix of melon, cherry, tropical fruit and peach flavors - seasoned with honey and spices. For a wine under $10, the intensity and length are most impressive. Serve it by itself, with seafood or with spicy Asian cooking. But by all means drink it up this year. With California chenin, the fresher the better.

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