Talk about moldy oldies! We finally finished tasting through our older library wines in search of some gems to honor our 40th anniversary. Our plan is to re-release these liquid time capsules in August as part of our "Hey Look, We're Turning 40!" celebration. This could also be called... "40 and Fabulous After All These Years." Or, more accurately... "My God, We've Survived Four Decades of Ups and Downs in the California Wine Industry."
We've even picked one wine from each decade--the 70s, 80s, 90s, and 2000s that best showcases the longevity and ageability of our wines. A few lucky people will have an opportunity to stroll down memory lane as they taste through these selections, hopefully appreciating all the blood, sweat and tears that went into their production.
A true stand out wine remains the 1977 Fume Blanc. If any of you happen to have a bottle in your cellar, consider yourself lucky, as this 35-year-old Sauvignon Blanc is truly remarkable. With rich pungent aromas of lemon peel, green olive and Italian deli spices such as oregano, basil, and thyme, I can honestly say this is one of our best wines ever. The texture is rich and oily, the color is a beautiful golden hue, and there's a vibrant acidity laced throughout. Some years ago, we shared this wine with a group of writers who went gaga over it. I had a similar reaction yesterday.
I'm always amazed at the new things I learn and see even though I've been in the industry my whole life. For example, in opening up the 1977 Cabernet Sauvignon, we were greeted with a thick gooey cap just below the cork. Neither our winemaker nor I had ever experienced this before. We delicately removed it from the neck of the bottle and found the wine below to be in remarkably good shape. It seemed to be a combination of tartaric acid and wine sludge, not the most appealing sight (kind of like a thick blob of black goo) but harmless no less.
We'll soon begin videotaping some industry veterans. Folks like Joe Rochioli and Dan Berger will share their thoughts on the impact Dry Creek Vineyard has had on the industry (remember, we were the first to plant grapes and start a winery here after Prohibition!) and how they first became acquainted with our winery. My hope is that these memories will tell a lively tale of our early days along with fun anecdotes over the course of our four decades of existence.
It's a story worth telling...and one that we very much want the world to hear.