Review: Dutcher Crossing 2019 Sauvignon Blanc and 2015 Kupferschmid
Located on 35 acres in Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley, Dutcher Crossing is an under-the-radar winery with a fairly vast collection of bottlings on offer. Today we look at two current releases — including a red blend from the 2015 vintage.
2019 Dutcher Crossing Sauvignon Blanc Sonoma County – Bright with fruit, this sauvignon blanc is lush with tropical pineapple notes, some lime leaf elements, and a gentle lick of saline to temper the fruit. A huge crowd pleaser at Drinkhacker HQ, the wine isn’t the most complex bottle on the shelf, but its exuberance is endearing, a pop of lemon curd lingering on the finish. A- / $33
2015 Dutcher Crossing Kupferschmid Red Dry Creek Valley – Quite an earthy wine, pungent at first with notes of rhubarb and dried, savory spices, the wine settles down in glass after some time to let a rich blackberry character come into focus, though it’s filtered through a not insubstantial note of roasted meat and dark cocoa powder, taking things in a rather savory direction. Notes of blueberry give the finish a needed pop of fruit, though the overall experience remains fairly brooding. Even after 6 years, this wine could use more time to find its groove. B / $40