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Ben on Wine: The madness of March

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Wine March Madness

Bennet Bodenstein

Bennet Bodenstein

Ben on Wine: The madness of March

By Bennet Bodenstein

Mar 6, 2020

Mar 6, 2020

2 min to read

Bennet Bodenstein

Bennet Bodenstein

March is also a busy month in the wine industry.

It is the time when new wines are being bottled, equipment cleaned and sanitized, some serious evaluation of aging wines is taking place and the already-bottled wines are being labeled, packed and shipped.

In the vineyards, the vines are being check on how they fared through the winter, old vines pulled out and new ones planted.

Among the busiest of the wineries is Dry Creek Vineyards, a producer that is famed for the continuous quality of their wines.

I was privileged to taste a few of their recent releases and it is my pleasure to report that they are up to their reputation for quality.

Dry Creek Valley 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon ($30). It takes guts, chutzpah and an act above unparalleled bravery to put out a cab no matter what the price. I am glad that they have done away with duels of honor, as I believe that when Cabernet Sauvignon is the topic among wine lovers, the event could, at times, get quite animated. The Dry Creek Valley 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon is a wine that could satisfy all sides of such a discussion. Not at all your "run of the mill" cab, this wine consists of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot , 2% Malbec and 1% Petit Verdot in the French tradition but its California grapes makes this wine not a knockoff, but a true American. The aroma is body, big, bold and a fiesta of berry and dark fruit scents with the most obvious being cranberry, black currents and dark cherry. These aromas are constantly changing while in the glass and are inviting as well as intriguing. The flavor, which is very concentrated, is as interesting and dynamic as is the aroma. There are the expected flavors of cassis and deep dark berries but there is also a hint of cherries and cranberries. This wine is velvety soft and not overly tannic so it can be enjoyed right now instead of having to wait several years for it to soften. I believe that even the most devoted classical style Cabernet lover will enjoy this wine as will the novice.

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