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Date Printed: 4/23/2014
Dry Creek Vineyard Meritage 1998
Dry Creek Vineyard Meritage 1998
(search item no. 20675)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
Wine Spectator rating: 86 points
PRICE ON 4/23/2014: $25.64

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2003 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points
2002 The Wine News rating: 88 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 86 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A soft, elegant wine with loads of berry fruit. Luscious cherry, berry, and spice aromas play against a trace of cedar and herbs. Juicy black cherry, plum, and blackberry flavors layer fruit accents onto chocolate, cassis, and mint notes. Full in the mouth, soft tannins combine with sweet vanilla oak. The finish is smooth, round, and accessible. Excellent depth and balance make this Meritage exceptionally drinkable now.

Alcohol: 13.5%

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About Dry Creek Vineyard:

In 1972, when David S. Stare opened the doors to Dry Creek Vineyard, it was the first new winery to be built in the Valley since Prohibition. Dry Creek created the first Sonoma Fume Blanc, originated the Dry Creek Valley AVA, and was an early advocate for Bordeaux-style blending.

Today, Dry Creek Vineyard is committed to vineyard diversity, vinifying individual lots of fruit separately, and then blending carefully for each final cuvee. Dry Creek Vineyard is also a leader in the stewardship of pre-Prohibition Zinfandel vines and vineyards, and has isolated a clone, called the "Heritage Clone," which is bottled separately from their "Old Vines" Zinfandel (containing wine only from vines no younger than 50 years old), and which has made very promising wines.