There are several varietals that come to mind when I think of Dry Creek Vineyard. One of those is Sauvignon Blanc. They make three different offerings of this varietal. One is part of their Signature Wines series and the other two are part of their Single Vineyard offerings. I'm going to look at all three of the current Sauvignon Blanc releases this month. I'll start today with one of the single vineyard selections. The 2006 Taylor's Vineyard Musqué is 100% varietal. The grapes used represent a specific clone of Sauvignon Blanc that Dry Creek Vineyard isolated to produce this offering. This wine was fermented in stainless steel. 539 cases of this selection were produced and the suggested retail price is $25.
Honeydew melon and a host of tropical fruit notes lead an explosive nose that's underpinned by spices. The palate is rich, round and mouth filling throughout. This is a smooth, lush, opulent white wine loaded with guava, pear, pineapple and nutmeg from beginning to end. The finish on the 2006 Musqué is impressively long with lots of mineral and spice notes as well as a light undercurrent of subtle smoke. Tremendous acidity makes this an excellent match for many foods.
There are several things that make this wine stand out for me. The tremendous nose is one. The outstanding finish is another. At the end of the day though I'm most impressed by how unique this wine is. Sometimes wines produced from single vineyards or isolated clones aren't as individualistic as one would think they're going to be. That's not a problem here. The Taylor's Vineyard Musqué from Dry Creek Vineyard is both unique and impressive. I've tasted a boatload of Sauvignon Blanc this year, this is one of my 2 or 3 favorites. This is undeniably a wine to go out of your way to get.
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