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Date Printed: 10/25/2014
Dry Creek Vineyard Merlot 1998
Dry Creek Vineyard Merlot 1998
(search item no. 17712)
Wine Spectator rating: 85 points
PRICE ON 10/25/2014: $21.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Fragrant bouquet of cherry, berry, and cedar is laced with hints of mint and rose. Black cherry-chocolate fruit pairs with sweet plum, currant, and blackberry flavors followed by cinnamon-clove accents. Tightly structured fruit and vanilla oak completes the tantalizing finish.
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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.