Saturday, February 20, 2010

Dutcher Crossing Winery - a journey in fine wines


Dutcher Crossing Winery in the heart of Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma County is not only a great place to sample quality that you expect from this wine region, but also a great place to spend some time in this valley. The winery has a nice picnic area where you can gander over this lush valley while tasting these wines. They also offer a vineyard tour to learn more about what goes on to produce these wines.

The wines of Dutcher Crossing include their estate wines and also grapes from select vineyards throughout the valley. Debra Mathy is an adventurer and loves to tell you about her journey towards becoming the proprietor of Dutcher Crossing. She developed her passion for wine during her studies in Europe. Her dream was to own a winery and in 2007 she purchased Dutcher Crossing in the prime growing region of Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma County.

Dutcher Crossing Tasting Room

Debra is an athlete and an avid cyclist, owning a unicycle, eight bicycles and a 1900’s high wheeler that was a gift from her dad shortly before he passed on. This same high wheeler is the symbol of Dutcher Crossing and is found on their labels and foil cap. With the help of winemaker Kerry Damskey their passion for wine shows in their wines which have been winning awards for years.

The California Wine Examiner tasting panel sampled two Cabernet Sauvignon wines from Dutcher Crossing. Both are 2006 which is an excellent vintage in northern Sonoma County with a cool August and September and rain in October allowing longer hang times and leading to excellent ripening conditions prior to harvest.

The Dutcher Crossing 2006 Nevins’ Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grown on the uppermost blocks of the Nevins’ hillside vineyard. This wine displays abundant aromas and flavors of dark fruit, black raspberry and cherry. Clove and cinnamon highlight the flavors leading to a warm finish. There is also a distinctive smoky bacon aroma. The tannins tend to be a bit sharp and the writer suggests that the wine be decanted or allowed to air prior to drinking.

Dutcher Crossing 2006 Taylor Reserve from Dry Creek Valley is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Syrah. Winemaker Damskey says that the Syrah adds to the weight, texture and brightness of the wine, as he states, “Because of the blending of Syrah with Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine’s aroma is multi-layered and quite complex in nature. This wine exemplifies how perfect vineyard blending brings out the best attributes of Dry Creek Valley Cabernet.” This Cab is a full bodied wine with dark fruit including blackberry, blueberry, cherry with a toastiness, smoke and tobacco qualities. It has a nice long finish and balanced tannins

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