For several reasons, the Dry Creek Valley really is ground-zero for the finest Zin production. Not only are there a disproportionate number of ancient vineyards here, but they tend to be planted on the hillsides, which is not all that surprising in this rather narrow, long valley. The position of the valley and the ridges that form its boundaries create a near-ideal climate for Zinfandel, neither too warm nor too temperate.

Dry Creek Valley shares some of the Pacific’s tempering breezes that are so fundamental to the Russian River Valley style, though the wines tend to be a little less lush, having more detail and complexity, with spicy and floral notes adding aromatic complexity. These are full of classic brambly blackberry and dark cherry fruits in a rich but balanced style.