Some time back, I received a Willow Creek Dry Concord as a gift, but have miraculously been able to keep my hands off it all this time. Lately I've been feeling the bug again, and will likely open it soon, but hopefully in the right company. Having such a rare wine - commercially produced, at that! - makes me want to tread very carefully: you see, I don't want this opportunity to go to waste.
As I understand it, the wine was made by Jeff Murphy of Johnson Estate ... though I'd be happy to have anyone correct me if that is in fact not the case.
One reviewer has already posted a short review of this very wine at this website.
My suggestions to the fine folks at Willow Creek at this time are:
1. Keep the torch burning. This is the first explicitly dry
Concord that I've seen commercially produced and labelled as such. It's time to start setting a precedent - I really feel that people are ready for positive change in the way that wines are made from our native varieties.
2. Consider putting vintage dates on the label, even if regulations don't explicitly require them. Even a perenially pungent variety like Concord experiences vintage variation that is perceptible in each year's wine.
And, by the way: I really like the nicely designed, non-kitschy label. Bravo again.
My own review should be forthcoming in the near future!