Dry Creek Valley Wine

The Carneros AVA straddles between both Napa and Sonoma Valleys, with distinct climates. The Napa side is warmer, more suited to varietals such as Cabernet, Syrah and Merlot, while the Sonoma side is cooler, where Pinot Noir and Chardonnay can thrive. 
 
The history of wine-making in Carneros dates back to the 1840s, when California was still under Mexican control and General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo, who was also the Director of Colonization of the Northern Frontier, secured a land grant to settle and cultivate Rincon de los Carneros and surrounding territories. This section was managed by his son-in-law, Jacob P. Leese. Grape cultivation began with Leese and as the US gained control over California, more settlers became attracted to the fertile land in Sonoma and Napa Valleys and planted their own vineyards. By the 1870s, William H. Winter purchased 1,200 acres from Leese and cultivated what became the area’s first commercial vineyard, Winter Winery. 
 
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  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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Dry Creek Valley on Snooth

  • Fritz Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2015

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    Funk aroma, sulfur, I assume, that seems to take longer than normal to fade. Quite fruitycherry, stone fruit. Could use some minerality or woodiness or something to beat down the fruit. Fairly mellow tannin. Reasonably good acid. Fruit imbalance prevents me from really liking this one. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Ridge 'Lytton Springs' 2011

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    A very elegant Zinfandel. Does that sound strange, or what? Quite often, Zinfandel (and this bottling is 84% Zinfandel) seems to hit with tons of berries, sticks, thorns, tea leaves and other things off the floor. This one enters with no fanfare. Light red fruitnot the big berry thing that I get, a lot, with Zinfandel and, definitely, not ja... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Giarrusso Zinfandel 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by joshclancy99


  • Ridge Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley 2015

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    Some dustiness in the nose. Red fruit on entry, but, thankfully, not jammy or syrupynice acid tartness seems to deflect those possibilities. A bit light on tannin compared to my memory of previous vintages. An easy to drink wine, but I think more sideways storage will integrate the components, better. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Dry Creek Vineyard Dry Chenin Blanc Clarksburg Wilson Ranch 2016

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    Floral and fruity on the nose. Peachy and fresh with a note of minerality on the medium length finish. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Ledson Winery & Vineyards Dry Creek Zinfandel Reserve 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by Mariacurcio


  • Grayson Cellars Chardonnay Napa Valley 2008

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    I like very much the tasty of strawberry Read More

    Wine review by jave


  • Mauritson Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2014

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    Not the darkest color (plum) Ive seen for a DCV Zinnoticeable light comes through. Red fruit (cherry) on entry which seems to accelerate mid-palate. That seems a tad unusual to me. This is a very soft wine. Not a rustic, brambly Zin. It does have good tannin. This is a likeable wine, but not my favorite Zinfandel. A lot of PN lovers may e... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Ridge Zinfandel East Bench Vineyard Dry Creek Valley 2015

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    Dark ruby in color. Red and blue fruit on the nose though a little shy. Shy on the palate too. Medium acidity with a long slightly dry finish. Like the wine really just doesn't represent value to me. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Trader Joe's Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Reserve 2014

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    Big bright zin with some candied walnut that makes it different - awesome!Can't believe I've got it so cheap Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Dry Creek is one of the most beautiful valleys in Sonoma county and has some of the oldest Zinfandel vines too. In particular, Pezzi King, Wilson, Rued, Sbragia, Seghesio, Hobo and many others make amazing wines. The Dry Creek store is a great place to stop for a sandwich to pair with your Zin, and the Ferrari-Cerano winery is like a Mediterrane...

    Comment by 366897Da Wine Dog 366897 Da Wine Dog


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