It’s funny, when I began reviewing this wine I thought to myself – you would think that after tasting and reporting on as many Dry Creek Vineyard wines as I have, that eventually I would find a clunker in the mix. Having been a fan of their wines for a very long time, I’m afforded the experience of knowing which wines of theirs to buy based on my preferences. However, this is precisely what makes Dry Creek so compelling. They produce wines across their entire portfolio that are delicious, reflect the terroir of the Dry Creek Valley, and perhaps most importantly: are both consistent and consistently affordable!
This wine may be the apogee of those characteristics. It is clearly their flagship wine, produced in smaller quantities from the best fruit. The wine is dark in the glass – almost black. Despite it’s youth, it’s got an expansive, expressive nose. Aromas of black plums, cedar, sweet tobacco and leather fill the glass. In the mouth, the wine screams Dry Creek Valley as the crushed black plum fruit is coated in dusty, flinty, minerals. It’s unique and yet ubiquitous in the Dry Creek reds. This is full bodied, almost entirely Cabernet, but it’s smooth, polished and refined. Muscular for sure, but in an elegant way.
This wine can easily cellar for 5-10 years, but it’s approachable now with some advance decanting. I tried the 2003 Endeavour around Christmas time and this wine, although very similar if you compare the notes, is even better. Absolutely stunning. 96 points.
|2007 Dry Creek Vineyard Endeavour Cabernet|
April 21, 2012