91pts Wilfred Wong
The 2021 Dry Creek Vineyard Fumé Blanc is precise and pleasingly persistent. This wine excels with aromas and flavors of dried herbs, mineral notes, and tart citrus. Pair it with a dozen or two lemon-accented raw oysters. (Tasted: May 1, 2022, San Francisco, CA).
Since 1972, Dry Creek Vineyard has produced Fumé Blanc — a wine at the heart and soul of their family winery. Modeled after the classic wines from the Loire Valley in France, their stainless steel fermented Fumé Blanc is crisp, balanced, and immediately drinkable. The 50th Anniversary Edition of Fumé Blanc emanates the classic Dry Creek Vineyard "house" style of Sauvignon Blanc. Aromatics of lime, lemon, white peach, and grapefruit leap forward from the glass with nuances of honeydew, lemongrass, and white tea. On the palate, the wine is intense and bright with tangerine, passionfruit, and cucumber. Underlying minerality and hints of hibiscus, lemon verbena, and jalapeño contribute to this wine’s refreshing, crisp finish.