Chenin Blanc from Dry Creek Vineyards – Bargain Wine of the Week

This is a series of weekly bargain wine picks by the members of the Vintage Wine Tasting Club.

Chenin Blanc Dry Creek Vineyards 2011 $8.99 at Bevmo and KL Wines (Mike and Joe’s Pick)
Dry Creek Vineyards Chenin BlancYou may not find this one in the stores as yet. I see that KL Wines and BevMo still have the 2010 on the shelves. We tried this just released vintage at the winery last week. Dry Creek Vineyards is one of the very few wineries in California producing a Chenin Blanc wine. The grapes for this wine are sourced from the Clarksburg AVA in the Sacramento Delta. Dry Creek Vineyards manages all the vineyards that they have under contract so this Chenin Blanc vineyard has been fine tuned to make it in the tradition of France’s Loire Valley wine. This wine is what I call the perfect picnic wine. It is crisp, refreshing, and light. At 12.5% alcohol you won’t need a nap after one glass. I like the lemony characteristics of this wine. 89 Points

Mapema Malbec 2009 – Costco, KL Wines $14.99 (Joe’s Pick)
This is a wonderful Malbec wine from start to finish. It has a rich feel in the mouth with layers of flavors. It has just a hint of herb and wonderful black fruit character. The wine goes down so smoothly with a very nice finish. A rating from the Wine Spectator 91 Points and Robert Parker 90 Points should be enough incentive to try. The Vintage Wine Tasters really like this wine and we will go with 89 Points.

Allegrini “Palazzo della Torre” Veronese 2008 (Bruce’s Pick)
This is a Valpolicella wine, the wine area just north of Verona area where new and refined winemaking techniques have brought attention to this delightful red wine. I like the balance in this wine, the fruit and texture in the mouth is very good. I decanted this wine and let it sit for a while and the wine opened up considerably. Robert Parker rates this wine 89 Points. I go with 88 Points.

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