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Wine Recommendation

Mill Creek Vineyards and Winery 2005 Chardonnay, Estate (Dry Creek Valley)

Mill Creek Vineyards and Winery

2005 Chardonnay, Estate
(Dry Creek Valley)

Chardonnays from Dry Creek Valley tend to stay within a more subtle, restrained range of styles than many of their more opulent and showy counterparts from outside of Sonoma, and across the state. They often remind me of Clarksburg or Dunnigan Hills Chardonnays (or perhaps it is the other way around). This is quite a feat for growers and winemakers given the tremendous natural potential for super-ripe fruit that brings us some of the best Zins in the country.

Owned and fully operated by the large Kreck family, this winery is built on a 55 acre ranch, though the family also owns 8 acres in Alexander Valley. This release, a lovely, clean, balanced, and food-friendly Chardonnay, is bright, yellow gold, and viscous. On the nose it has notes of butter, cream, lemon, vanilla, and toasted almonds. It is medium-bodied, round, and clean on the palate with a refreshing, lemony lift and oaky notes on the finish. This would be delicious with Crab cakes, a lobster with a meyer lemon, fennel and butter sauce, beer-battered Halibut, or lemon roast chicken with jasmine rice sprinkled with slivered, toasted almonds.

Reviewed July 12, 2007 by Catherine Fallis.

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The Wine

Winery: Mill Creek Vineyards and Winery
Vineyard: Estate
Vintage: 2005
Wine: Chardonnay
Appellation: Dry Creek Valley
Grape: Chardonnay
Price: 750ml $16.00

Review Date: 7/12/2007

The Reviewer

Catherine Fallis

Founder and President of Planet Grape LLC, a company committed to bringing the joy of wine, food, and good living into the lives of everyday people, Catherine is creator of the “grape goddess guides to good living,” a series of books, television presentations, seminars, and e-learning programs. The fifth woman in the world to become a Master Sommelier, grape goddess Catherine Fallis is still very much down-to-earth.